More Troops deployed as Tensions escalated in KIO’s Administrative Capital Area

A series of skirmishes and battles took place between the Kachin Independence Army and Burmese Army in June leading to a renewed tension near KIO’s administrative capital Laiza.

KIA officers said Burmese army encroached into KIA’s 18th Battalion area and locations monitored by KIA’s headquarters security forces. Several Burmese army units stepped on landmines planted as protective measure around KIA frontline positions, said KIA officers.

The following incidents and clashes between the two sides have been listed by the KIA and local sources.

Burmese army troops stepped on 3 landmines near KIA position at Nbu Kawng on June 12 at around 2 am.

Burmese army’s 51st LIB troops stepped on landmines at Lai Hkru Hkyet and Udang Hkyet on June 19 and 20. Two soldiers were killed and 4 wounded including the column commander, reported a KIA source.

Burmese army’s 382nd LIB troops stepped on a landmine at Chya Hkya Yang on June 21 at 9 am. Another landmine exploded at Nbu Kawng on the same day at around 9:15 pm.

A Burmese army column stepped on a landmine at a location between Sum Du village and Nbunli Pa on June 26 at 4:15 pm.

About 40 Burmese army troops encountered KIA’s Mungshawa Kanawn Mazum (MKM) troops at Hka Nu Hka, located between Hka U and Ja Ing Yang, on June 27 at 10 am.

Burmese army’s 382nd troops currently stationed at Nam San Yang fired several 60 mm mortar rounds on KIA positions at Lazing Kawng on June 28 between 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

A battle took place between KIA’s 18th Battalion troops and Burmese army’s 382nd Light Infantry Regiment troops at Lazing Kawng on June 28 at 4:30 pm. KIA troops fired 5 RPG rounds on Burmese army troops.

A battle took place between KIA’s headquarters security forces and Burmese army troops on June 28 at 4:15 pm. Burmese army troops fired several 81 mm mortar rounds on KIA positions. KIA source said 4 mortar rounds from Awng Jaw, 5 mortar rounds from Dum Bang Bum and 5 mortar rounds from a place near Maung Nama restaurant were fired on KIA positions.

KIA’s 18th Battalion troops and a combined force of Burmese army troops from 382nd LIR and 63rd LIB engaged in a battle at Lazing Kawng Roman Catholic Church compound on June 29 at 3:30 pm. Three civilians houses were razed to the ground by Burmese army troops following the encounter between the two sides.