Battles Rage on in Kachin and Shan States

A KLN frontline source reported at 5:57 p.m. on January 16 in Kachin State, Burmese army troops reportedly fired four RPG and two 60 mm rounds from their Masen Kawng base towards Lawa Yang outpost manned by KIA’s 23rd Battalion troops under 5th Brigade.

Since 3:00 a.m. on January 16, Burmese army artillery units operating from their Nam Lim Pa, Maji Gung Kaji and Man Dat bases began shelling the headquarters of KIA’s 12 Battalion under 5th Brigade.

On the same day in northern Shan State in KIA’s 4th Brigade area, its 8th Battalion troops engaged an unknown Burmese army unit making its advances towards Man Ping Bum approximately at 5:30 p.m. Similarly, at around 6:45 p.m. in areas surrounding Kutkai, clashes erupted between KIA’s 9th Battalion troops and Burmese army troops belonging to 45th Light Infantry Battalion(LIB).