More Troops Arrive As Battles Rage in Northern Shan State

Burmese Army troops on Thursday fired several artillery rounds on a KIA position at Loi Jung Bum, located between Mungkoe and Mungbaw in Muse Township, northern Shan State.

KIA’s 36th Battalion troops have been engaged in a series of battles against Burmese Army troops under 99th Light Infantry Division in Mungkoe area since the beginning of this week.

Local sources said Burmese Army troops approach Loi Jung Bum from multiple directions and some military unmanned aerial vehicles have arrived at the Wing Seng.  Over 1000 Burmese Army soldiers ramp up presence in Mungkoe and Mungbaw area in preparation for a major assault on KIA’s 36th Battalion positions.

In south eastern Kachin State, Burmese Army troops fired on a KIA’s frontline post at Alaw Bum, located about 13 miles south of Laiza, with 60 mm machine gun for at least 50 rounds, on Sept 17 at 7:45 am. KIA source said Burmese Army troops intended to advance closer to KIA post and establish their own frontline post there.

Further down in southern Kachin State, KIA’s 12th and 27th Battalion troops encountered a combined force of Burmese Army troops from 15th, 86th and 105th Light Infantry Battalions at Mahkaw Yang, located near Mungding Pa in Mansi Township, on Sept 17 at 10:30 am. The two sides also engaged in a battle on Sept 16. No casualties have been reported from either side.

TNLA source said its forces from 367th and 773rd Battalions battled Burmese Army troops under 77th Light Infantry Division at a location between Moe Lo village and Haik Htan village in Momeik Township on Sept 17 at 10:30 am.