Burmese Army’s 11th LID Soldiers Interrogate Villagers; Battle Rages in Dima

Burmese army troops from 11th Light Infantry Division (LID) have allegedly been interrogating villagers and ransacking civilians’ homes in Nam Um and Kawng Wing villages in Nampaka Township in northern Shan State, since 9:00 a.m. on December 19.

The soldiers have seized all motorbikes in the village keeping them at the village head’s compound.  Furthermore, the Burmese army troops then threatened the villagers to not leave the village and demanded three pigs for food in the evening.  The village residents complied by delivering three pigs to the army camp. The Kawng Wing villagers have been living in fear of violence and intimidation, a source from the village reported KLN.

Burmese army troops from 33rd LID advancing from Dima village clashed with KIA troops from 9th Battalion under 4th Brigade on December 19 approximately at 5:00 p.m., a frontline source reported.

On the same day in Man Lung and Nawng Swi villages, situated north of Kutkai, Burmese army troops reportedly were torching civilian homes from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., according to a source in Kutkai .