Battles Intensify in Kachin and Northern Shan States

Battles continue raging in western Kachin and northern Shan states as the Burmese army has been sending more troops to KIA’s administrative region.

On May 29 evening in KIA’s 18th Battalion territory between Sut Shang and Awng Ja on the bank of Shagawk Hka, 3 Burmese army soldiers got injured stepping on landmines. The badly wounded soldiers were reportedly transported to their Northern Command headquarters in Myitkyina the following day.

In areas controlled by KIA’s 24th Battalion on May 31, the Hpun Pyen Bum-based Burmese army troops belonging to 56th Light Infantry Battalion(LIB) were reportedly clearing the ground to expand the base. On the same day at around 5:00 p.m. in KIA’s 3rd Battalion territory, approximately 20 troops belonging to Burmese army 321st Light Infantry Regiment(LIR) and local militia group were spotted patrolling along Dabak Hka.

Eleven Burmese military trucks transporting over 100 troops and ammunition from Waimaw reportedly left for Katsu on June 2 at around 11:00 a.m. On the same day at around 2:30 p.m., 5 Burmese military trucks delivering military ration passed by Nam San Yang heading towards Hka Ya, the KLN sources reported .

The following is a list of Burmese army troops taking up positions in areas surrounding KIA’s administrative region:

27th LIB troops at Gang Dau, Katsu, Mali Yang and Malang Yang
29th LIB troops at Byin Pu Kawng, Wu Htau and Ding Ga
381st LIR troops at Shang Hkawng Bum, Sama Kagam and Shang Hkawng Bum valley
382nd LIR troops at Hka Ya Bum Point 1012, Point 799, and Point 936
383rd LIR troops at R/T Kawng, Lupwa Kawng, Yi Kawng en route to Bum Re, and Bum Re – Point 771
384th LIR troops at Nga Gyang Bum, Mung Ga Zup and Defence Post
385th LIR troops at Kagam Point 1103 between Nhkram and Kagam
386th LIR troops at Daga Yang and in areas surrounding Hpaw Daw
388th LIR troops at Point 768 between Hpa Ra Yang and Lai Hpawng Ding Ga
389th LIR troops at Laja Yang and Hka Ya village road
86th LIB troops at Na Hpaw, Lisu Pa Jau – Point 6667 and Point 6702

More than 2,000 Burmese army troops belonging to the 3rd and 21st Military Operations Command, South Western Command(Pathein), North Western Command and Regional Operations Commands (ROC) have been deployed in areas surrounding KIA’s administrative region defended by its 3rd, 18th, 23th, 24th and 25th Battalion troops.

Meanwhile, battles continue to rage in KIA’s 2nd and 8th Brigade territories in western Kachin State. On May 3 at around 3 a.m. near KIA’s Mai Sak Post manned by its 14th Battalion troops. A fierce battle broke out as about 50 men strong 126th LIB Burmese army troops led by Major Htun Myat Tu Rain ran into two KIA soldiers who were returning to their post from running errands. The outnumbered KIA troops abandoned their outpost after the surprise attack. A Burmese army captain was reportedly wounded while a KIA corporal was killed in action. KIA’s 14th Battalion troops and MHH (Kachin Civilian Forces) have been surrounding and attacking the Burmese troops who have just overrun the outpost.

Similarly in northern Shan state, the T’ang National Liberation Army(TNLA) troops engage Burmese army troops almost daily. On May 30 at around 10:00 a.m., TNLA troops fought Burmese army troops belonging to 88th Light Infantry Division(LID) between Lai Len and Bang Hkang.

The following day on May 31 at around 4:00 p.m., the Nam Yun-based TNLA troops engaged approximately 80-men strong Burmese army troops belonging to 33rd LID. Again on may 31 afternoon between Kawng Ning and Kawng Hkam, TNLA’s 447th Battalion troops clashed with Burmese army 33rd LID troops.

On June 2 at around 5:00 a.m., the Mung Hawm-based TNLA troops reportedly fought Burmese army 55th LID troops. The previous day on June 1 at around 8:00 a.m., fighting broke out between TNLA and Burmese army 11th LID troops at Nam Maw Pa en route to Mung Ji. Again on June 1 between Nawng Lung and Hu Chyi, TNLA’s 335th troops reportedly clashed with approximately 50 men strong unknown Burmese army unit.