Battles Continue in Northern Shan State

By KLN

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Burmese Army Soldiers on the frontline (Photo: Kachin Soldiers)
Burmese Army Soldiers on frontline (Photo: Kachin Soldiers)

A series of battles took place this week between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops and a combined force of Burmese Army and Pyi Tu Tsits (local militia groups backed by Burmese Army).

Kachin  people militia (MHH) troops under the 5th section of the KIA’s 36th Battalion on Wednesday fought against Burmese army’s 323rd Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops at Nam Ba Tek, Pang Sai Township in northern Shan State. The battle took place at about 2:10 pm as about 50 government troops who had travelled from Hpai Kawng village to Pang Sai City encountered Kachin people militia (MHH) troops at Nam Ba Tek.

Another battle took place Wednesday in northern Shan State between KIA’s 2nd Battalion troops and a combined force of Burmese army’s 215th and 217th Light Infantry Battalions (LIBs) troops at Man Jum valley, located between Ta Mung Nye and Maw Han village in Kutkai Township, at 2:30 pm. Kachinland News was not able to independently verify claims of casualties.

Meanwhile, KIA’s ally Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) troops have been engaged in almost daily fights with Burmese army troops in northern Shan State, said a TNLA source.

TNLA’s 478th Battalion troops on Wednesday engaged in a battle against a combined force of about 60 government troops and Pyi Tu Tsits near Nawng Ang in Nam Kham Township at 8 am.

TNLA’s 478th Battalion troops on previous day fought against a Burmese army’s unit under 88th Light Infantry Division (LID) at a location between Nam Seint and San Kar village in Nam Kham Township. One government soldier died in this battle and no casualties on TNLA side, said a TNLA source.

On June 2, TNLA’s 527th Battalion troops engaged in a series of battles against Burmese army units under 77th LID near Pa Hlaing village in Kyauk Me Township.

A KIA source said Burmese army’s 237th LIB troops based at Dum Bau Bum fired at least 10 rounds of artillery shells on KIA’s 204th Tactical Force positions near Mung Hka village in southern Kachin State on June 1.

KIO’s delegation led by Colonel Maran Zau Tawng last met Burmese government officers led by Colonel Than Aung in Kachin State Capital Myitkyina on May 28. The two sides confirmed the names of the 10-membered joint monitoring group which includes 5 members from each side, established a formal communication channel and discussed on current and recent armed conflicts during the meeting.