Gloomy Start to New Year in Kachin and Northern Shan State

In Kachin State on Jan 1 in 2017 beginning at 7:20 p.m., Burmese army artillery units fired six 105 mm mortar shells towards KIA’s 3rd Battalion’s Ngaq Gyang post, approximately 3 miles from their base at Kagam Bum, a frontline source reported.

In northern Shan State, Fighting broke out in Belehem Manping Pa at around 1:00 p.m. while church goers in Belehem district near Kuthkai Township were attending New Year’s Day Sunday service. All church goers have sought shelter at residences belonging to Rev. Kereng La and Rev. Npawt Gun Mai at Edin (Block 2) in Kutkai, local sources reported.