Burmese Army Shells KIA Positions on Union Day

Burmese army units currently stationed around KIO headquarters Laiza fired several rounds of artillery shells on KIA positions on Union Day, Feb 12, which commemorates the day the Union of Burma was established by then Burmese leader General Aung San and Chin, Kachin, Shan representatives in 1948.

Burmese army soldiers based at Bumre Bum, Hpunpyen Bum and 389th Light Infantry Regiment troops currently based at Hka Ya Bum fired 60 mm and 81 mm mortar shells for at least 15 times on KIA’s headquarters security forces’ positions on Feb 12. According to a frontline source, the head of Mogaung-based 3rd Military Operations Command Brig. Gen Tant Zaw Htoo himself stationed at Bumre Bum and took command for the attacks.

KIO Central Committee released a statement on Union Day that it believes the peace dialogues between the Burmese government and Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) would lead to building a federal union based on Pang Long spirit.

The statement said KIO Central Committee will continue to cooperate with EAOs’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team to end decades-old political turmoil and build a lasting peace.

Meanwhile, battles continue to rage in Kokang region between Burmese army and ethnics allied forces. Local sources say MNDAA troops and allied forces attacked Laukai Regional Operations Command and briefly occupied parts of Laukai city. More government troops from Lashio-based North Eastern Command are arriving in Kokang region.