Two civilians have been hit by Burmese army’s artillery fire in Nam Hkyi Maw in Hpakant Township on Monday. The condition of the two wounded men has not yet known, a Hpakant source said.
Burmese army’s 51st Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) troops led by Lt. Col. Kyaw Aung fired several 60 mm mortar rounds on KIA’s Nam Hkyi Post on Monday at around 2:15 pm. A battle took place between the two sides after KIA’s 5th and 26th Battalion troops returned fire following the artillery bombardment.
Burmese army troops who have been positioned in Kachin and northern Shan State as Nay Pyi Taw prepared to host the Ninth East Asia Summit and U.S. – ASEAN Summit have launched a series of attacks this week against Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
Another battle took place on the same day between a combined force of KIA’s 12th and 27th Battalion troops and Burmese army’s 317th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops at Nlung Wa Lawng at 4 pm. Nlung Wa Lawng is located between Hka Shang and Man Kyin village in Mansi Township in southern Kachin State. No casualties have been reported in the battle that lasted for an hour.
In another attempt to provoke KIA troops into counter-attacks, Burmese army’s 389th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops stationed at Awng Ja Yang fired two 60 mm mortar rounds towards Chying Nam Zup rubber field in KIA’s 18th Battalion area on Nov 16.
An exchange of fire between Kaung Hka Militia backed by Burmese army and Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF) troops occurred near Yung Mu Lung village in northern Shan State on Tuesday at around 2 pm.
A KIA source said an unknown Burmese army unit fired six artillery rounds on KIA’s 2nd Battalion position at Na Hkai in northern Shan State on November 16 at 4 am.
Local sources say Burmese army troops from 11st, 77th and 88th LIDs entered into area controlled by Kachin, Shan and Palaung forces in the past months and positioned themselves for renewed military offensives.