Kachin Volunteers Fight Government Troops

By KLN

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kachin volunteers in training
Kachin volunteers in training

Kachin people militia (MHH) troops, make up of civilian volunteers, under KIA’s 27th Battalion engaged in a series of battles against Burmese army’s 103rd Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) at Nam Hka Bum in Mansi, southern Kachin State on Tuesday at 1 pm, and again at 7 pm. A KIA source said Burmese army troops fired several rounds of 60 mm mortar shells on Gaw Ngu Yang village until 8:30 pm.

KIA’s 38th Battalion troops on the same day fought against Burmese army’s 323rd LIR troops at Man Jak village in Mung Gu, northern Shan State at 12 pm. A local source said a combined force of Burmese army’s 323rd LIR and Kutkai Pyi Thu Tsits (a militia group backed by Burmese army) launched an attack previous day by firing two rounds of 60 mm mortar shells on KIA positions.

Other Kachin civilian volunteers under KIA’s 2nd Battalion battled a combined force of Burmese army’s 215th and 217th Light Infantry Battalions (LIBs) at Kawng Sa village in northern Shan State on June 16 at 10:30 am. No casualties have been reported on either side.

Local civilians faced an increased in threats, intimidation and forced labour as more soldiers from 66th, 88th and 99th Light Infantry Division (LID) have been deployed in Kachin and northern Shan State. Burmese army troops under 88th LID set up a new post in Nam Jang Gu Dawng village this week and ordered 12 surrounding villages to bring 50 bamboo poles and 20 hardwood posts each village.

Burmese army troops under 66th LID ordered local residents in Maw Si Za, Ta Ya Kung and Maw Wan in Hpakant Township to move out of their villages by the end of this month. A Hpakant source said jade miners who do not have Hpakant resident ID cards have been forced by 66th LID soldiers to move to Mo Gaung.