Bo Nat Khann Mway

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Bo Nat Khann Mway
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Nickname(s) Saw Lah Pwe, "Bo Moustache", "Mr. Moustache"
Born 1961
Died 13 March 2016 (aged 54)[1]
Bago, Myanmar
Allegiance Democratic Karen Benevolent Army
Rank Commander-in-chief

Internal conflict in Myanmar

Bo Nat Khann Mway (1961 – 13 March 2016), also known by his alias Saw Lah Pwe and his nicknames "Bo Moustache" and "Mr. Moustache", was a Karen military officer and commander-in-chief of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army - Brigade 5 (DKBA-5), an insurgent group active in Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma).[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

In 2011, Bo's brigade split from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, after he and his soldiers rejected the government's proposal for a "border guard force".[9] On 21 August 2010, two of the original five brigades under his command, comprising around 300 troops, integrated themselves into the newly formed "border guard force".[10]

On 13 March 2016, Bo died from throat cancer at a hospital in his hometown of Bago (Pegu).[1][11][12]


  1. ^ a b Naing, Saw Yan (14 March 2016). "Charismatic DKBA Leader Dies at 54". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Noreen, Naw (2010-11-07). "DKBA renegades seize border town". Democratic Voice of Burma. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. ^ Weng, Lawi (2010-11-08). "DKBA Troops Seize Three Pagodas Pass". The Irrawaddy. Archived from the original on 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ Wade, Francis (2010-08-03). "KNU general-secretary says Saw La Bwe may come home". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Burma attack 'a warning of possible civil war'" (Press release). Burma Campaign UK. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  6. ^ Wechsler, Maxmilian (2010-12-05). "A new phase in Burmese politics : What drives Brig Gen Saw La Bwe, the commander of the DKBA's 5th Brigade?". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  7. ^ Phanida (2010-11-09). "Junta bombards DKBA splinter group at Three Pagodas Pass". Mizzima. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  8. ^ Naing, Saw Yan (August 2010). "Mr. Beard Breaks Away". 18 (8). The Irrawaddy. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  9. ^ Naing, Saw Yan (2010-11-09). "DKBA Brigade Leader Rejects Election Result". The Irrawaddy. Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  10. ^ Kha, Kyaw (2010-08-26). "Bo Moustache and followers still reject BGF plan". Mizzima. Archived from the original on 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  11. ^ "DKBA Leader, Major General Saw Ler Pwe Succumbs To Cancer «  Karen News". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "DKBA leader Na Kham Mwe dies of cancer - The Nation". The Nation. 

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