Wednesday, April 3, 2014
KIA’s 9th Battalion troops on Tuesday fought against Burmese army’s 145th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops at Mung Li Man Hkun in Kutkai Township at about 1 pm, said a KIA source.
On the same day, KIA’s 36th Battalion troops engage in a heavy battle against Burmese army’s 568th LIR troops at Bang Ya Yung village in northern Shan State at about 12:30 pm. No casualties have been reported on either side during the battle that lasted for an hour.
A combined force of Burmese army troops under 123rd LIB and another unknown Battalion attacked a KIA frontline post under 38th Battalion near Pang Hkawn village in northern Shan State on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. KIA sources say their troops had to withdraw from the frontline post because of heavy bombardment by government troops.
A battle took place between the second section of KIA’s 5th Battalion troops and Burmese army’s 18th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) near KIA’s Nam Si Awng Post on March 30 at 3 pm. About 100 government soldiers led by 18th LIB commander launched an attack against KIA troops, said a KIA frontline source. The same source says five government soldiers died and 6 others wounded in this battle.
Local sources say they see more government troops have been transported and deployed in KIA-controlled area in southern Kachin State and northern Shan State. A convoy of 13 military trucks carrying Burmese government troops travelled from State Capital Myitkyina to Man Dawng village in KIA’s 3rd Battalion area on April 2 at about 9:30 am. Another convoy of 13 military trucks loaded with Burmese army soldiers have been seen travelling from northern Shan State Capital Lashio to Nam Hkam and Muse on the same day at 4:30 pm.