Battles Continue in Northern Shan State, Local Travelers Abused

In Kachin state on January 31 approximately at 5:00 p.m., three Burmese army troops from Nam Hkyi Maw base got severely injured after stepping on a landmine planted by KIA troops, a frontline KLN  source reported.

On the same day in northern Shan state along Manje-Kong Hai road at around 3:20 p.m., clashes erupted between Burmese army troops and KIA’s 36th Battalion troops under 6th Brigade after KIA troops attacked their enemy with four hand grenades. Six Burmese army troops had reportedly been killed while unknown number of troops were wounded.

Meanwhile, local civilians travelling between Pangsai and Mongkoe have been stopped by Burmese army troops on January 31. Local travelers were asked to show white cards issued by Burmese army bases in the area. If a civilian is found travelling without the white card, he or she is severely beaten by Burmese soldiers, reported a KLN source.