Photo: Burmese Army Soldiers on the frontline
In a provocative attack, Burmese Army troops reportedly fired several artillery rounds on KIA positions from a pagoda compound in Mansi, southern Kachin State, on Sunday. A local source said Burmese Army troops stationed at Man Hpa and Kadaw Kawng also fired several artillery rounds on KIA positions in support of their combat ground troops currently fighting with KIA’s 1st Battalion troops.
Local residents said they are worried as Burmese Army troops brought more artilleries in residential area. One Mansi resident said 5 artillery guns have been brought inside Government’s administrative compound and positioned to fire from there. Public schools in Mansi and Ywa Thit Kone were closed because of fierce fighting in the area, said the resident.
KIA frontline sources said Burmese Army troops attacked KIA 1st Battalion’s Lungja Post on Sept 26 at 9 am and Ning Tawn Kawng Post on Sept 27 at 5 pm. The two sides have engaged in a series of battles at Pa Daw, Chya Hkang Ning Tawng Kawng in Mansi Township.
A combined force of KIA’s 12th and 27th Battalion troops fought Burmese Army’s 601st Light Infantry Regiment troops at Laika village in Mansi Township on Sept 28 at 7:25 am.
In northern Shan State, KIA’s 9th Battalion troops battled Burmese Army troops from 88th and 99th Light Infantry Divisions at Mang Hang and Nam Lim Bum on Sept 24.
TNLA source said a battle took place between TNLA’s 434th Battalion troops and Burmese Army troops under 77th LID at Pang Jarop village in Namsan Township on Sept 25 at 8:40 am. Three government soldiers died in this battle, reported TNLA’s Information Department.
Another battle took place between TNLA’s 527th Battalion troops and Burmese Army troops under 77th LID at Pyaung Pyan Kyay village in Momeik Township on Sept 25 at 9:30 am.