Battles Rage in Kachin and Northern Shan State

Battles rage on between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese Army in western and southern regions of the Kachin State, and northern Shan State.

Burmese army troops currently based at Mung Hkaw fired 20 rounds of 81 mm and 60 mm mortar shells on KIA’s 14th Battalion positions in Pat Maw area in western Kachin State on January 7 at around 2:10 a.m., reported a KIA frontline source.

The frontline source said Burmese army’s 297th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) troops currently arrived in Hka Da Zup fired several mortar rounds on KIA’s 14th Battalion frontline posts on January 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Burmese army’s 102nd LIB troops currently arrived in Ginsi Hkaw, Tang Gau Bum and Ding Nyin Kawng provoked KIA troops with long bursts of MG-42 machine-gun fire on KIA’s 6th Battalion positions at Anang Hku and Ura Hku on January 5.

In southern Kachin State, a battle took place between KIA’s 3rd Battalion troops and an unknown Burmese army unit at Hpau Daw Bum at around 8:30 a.m. following Burmese army’s mortar attacks on KIA’s positions in Ngwa Le area on January 7 at around 2 a.m. The two sides engaged in a series of battles near old Hpau Daw village on January 6.

Two Burmese military fighter jets bombed KIA’s 3rd Battalion positions at Hpaudaw and Law Hpyu on January 5 at 3:21 p.m.

In northern Shan State, KIA’s 36th Battalion troops fought Burmese army troops under 99th Light Infantry Division near Man Kawng village on January 6 at 4:30 p.m.  The two sides battled near Mai Hpang village on January 5 at around 9 p.m.  A local resident said Lamai Ma Ji, a 33-year-old woman, was injured by Burmese troops firing randomly into the village.