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The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army - Brigade 5 (Burmese: ဒီမိုကရက်တစ်ကရင်အကျိုးပြုတပ်မတော် - တပ်မဟာ 5; abbreviated DKBA-5), also known as the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (Burmese: ဒီမိုကရက်တစ်ကရင်အကျိုးပြုတပ်မတော်; abbreviated DKBA) and the Klo Htoo Baw Battalion by the Burmese government, is a Karen Buddhist insurgent group in Myanmar. The group was led by Bo Nat Khann Mway, also known as "Saw Lah Pwe", until his death in 2016.

Democratic Karen Buddhist Army - Brigade 5
ဒီမိုကရက်တစ်ကရင်အကျိုးပြုတပ်မတော် - တပ်မဟာ 5
Participant in the internal conflict in Myanmar
Flag of DKBA.png
Flag of the DKBA still used by the DKBA-5
Active2010 (2010)–present
IdeologyKaren nationalism[1]
Theravada Buddhism[2]
LeadersSaw Mo Shay[3][4]
Bo Nat Khann Mway (2010–2016)[5][6][7]
HeadquartersSonesee Myaing, Myawaddy Township, Myanmar
Area of operationsKayin State
Originated asDemocratic Karen Buddhist Army
Allies Arakan Army (Kayin State)

Karen National Union

Opponent(s) Myanmar
Battles and war(s)Internal conflict in Myanmar
Buddhist flag variantFlag of DKBA-5 (Buddhist).png

The DKBA-5 split from the original Democratic Karen Buddhist Army in 2010 and is loosely affiliated with the Karen National Union. They have also worked with the Arakan Army.[10]

During the 2010 general election, the DKBA-5 attacked government troops and security forces in Myawaddy Township, Kayin State.[1] The group signed a ceasefire agreement with the government on 3 November 2011, though they have not agreed to disarming, unlike their DKBA predecessors in 2010.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Myanmar Peace Monitor: Stakeholders - DKBA-5". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Myanmar rebel armies join forces". Al-Jazeera English. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  3. ^ "DKBA appoints new Commander-in-Chief". Mizzima. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  4. ^ "General Saw Mo Shay Appointed As DKBA's New Commander-in-Chief". Karen Times. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  5. ^ Naing, Saw Yan (14 March 2016). "Charismatic DKBA Leader Dies at 54". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  6. ^ "DKBA Leader, Major General Saw Ler Pwe Succumbs To Cancer «  Karen News". Archived from the original on 25 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  7. ^ "DKBA leader Na Kham Mwe dies of cancer - The Nation". The Nation.
  8. ^ Myanmar Peace Monitor
  9. ^ "Peace may prove elusive as divisions sap strength of karen national union | Bangkok Post: news". Bangkok Post. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Myanmar Peace Monitor - Arakan Army (Karen Region)". Archived from the original on 29 April 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2016.