One Civilian Hit By Mortar Fire as Battles Rage in Southern Kachin State

By KLN

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Brang Maw, 25-year-old man, was hit by mortar fire (Photo Credit: Wunpawng Ninghtoi)
Brang Maw, 25-year-old man, was hit by mortar fire (Photo Credit: Wunpawng Ninghtoi)

A series of battles took place Friday between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops and Burmese Government troops in southern Kachin State as Burmese army escalated its offensive operations beginning April 10.

KIA’s 27th Battalion troops engaged in a battle against Burmese army’s Infantry Units under 88th Light Infantry Division (LID) at Loi Hu Si Bum in Mansi Township on Friday at 7:45 am. KIA troops withdrew from their Loi Hu Si Post at around 11:45 am after several 60 mm mortar shells landed near their post. Another battle took place at Nawng Chyawn village in Mansi Township between KIA’s 27th Battalion troops and Burmese army units under 88th LID at around 12 pm.

Burmese army’s artillery units have fired several rounds of artillery shells on KIA’s 27th Battalion headquarter at Bang Hkam beginning 09:35 am, said A KIA frontline source. The source says at least four 120 mm mortar shells fell on the ground near KIA’s 27th Battalion headquarter building.

Another group of KIA troops under 27th Battalion encountered Burmese army troops under 16th Military Operation Command (MOC-16) near Hka Hkyeng Pa village at 9:35 am on Friday. One KIA official, who speaks on condition of anonymity, says Burmese army troops entered KIA-controlled territory from Lagat Daw village and encountered KIA troops near Hka Hkyeng village. The two sides fought again on the same day at 10:30 am, said the officer. He says no official report has been released on the number of fatalities so far on both sides.

Local aid workers from Wunpawng Ninghtoi (WPN) says Brang Maw, a 25-year-old Kachin civilian, of Maw Swi Awng Lawt Yang village was serious injured after being hit by shrapnel from a mortar round fired by Burmese troops on Friday at around 4 pm. He was struck by shrapnel on his stomach, neck and right hand. Brang Maw was taken to a hospital in China in serious condition. Aid workers from Wunpawng Ninghtoi are rendering assistance to Brang Maw’s family with medical costs and other needs.