Skirmishes Continue in Kachin and Northern Shan State

By KLN

Friday, April 25, 2014

KIA troops in 3rd Brigade area
KIA troops in 3rd Brigade area

Skirmishes continue in Kachin and northern Shan State despite warnings from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and several local NGOs that recent fighting between Burmese Army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) results displacement of thousands of people.

A battle took place on Wednesday between KIA’s 27th Battalion troops and a combined force of Burmese army’s 68th and 240th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) troops at Bau Noi village located between Man Win and Kai Htik in southern Kachin State. Burmese army’s artillery unit stationed at Kai Htik reportedly fired several rounds of 81 mm mortar shells on Bau Noi village in support of ground troops maneuver.

Another battle took place between KIA’s 2nd Battalion troops and an unknown Burmese army battalion at Namsa village in Kut Kai Township in northern Shan State on April 20 at 2 pm.

Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), an ally of KIA, troops on Friday fought against Burmese army’s 144th LIB troops at Man Bang village in northern Shan State. At least 6 government troops were reportedly killed in this battle.

TNLA’s 478th Battalion troops encountered about 60 soldiers from an unknown Battalion under Burmese army’s Theinni-based 16th Military Operation Command (MOC-16) at Ngo Hkaik village located on the road between Nam Hkam and Nampaka on April 23 at 10:30 am. Another battle took place between TNLA’s 112nd Battalion and an unknown Burmese army unit in Nam Hkam Township at around 5:30 am, said a TNLA source. No casualties on either side were reported  in these battles.

UNICEF warned on Tuesday that thousands of people, including an estimated 1,000 children, have been displaced by recent fighting in southern Kachin State. Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar said, “The fighting and the associated displacement of families has increased the health risks that children face, including by reducing their access to safe, reliable water and sanitation facilities”.