Clashes Intensify in Kachin and Northern Shan State

Deadly clashes between the Kachin Independence Army(KIA) and Burmese Army troops have intensified in KIA’s 2nd and 8th Brigade areas in western and southwestern Kachin State.

On July 2 between 3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m., fighting broke out after KIA’s 6th Battalion troops ran into Burmese army troops belonging to 252nd Light Infantry Battalion(LIB) near Lagat Yang village located between Ka-ming and Man Den.

On the same day between 8:35 a.m. – 9:09 a.m. in KIA’s 11th Battalion territory, Kachin MHH’s (Civilian Forces) 5th platoon troops engaged approximately 50-men strong Burmese army troops under Regional Operations Commands (ROC) at Sang Hkan Yang Nga Nawng near Loi Li Hka.

On July 2 at around 9:45 a.m, KIA’s 3rd platoon troops ambushed approximately 20-men strong Burmese army troops who were making advances towards north of Loi Li Hka bridge.

Again on July 2 at around 11:20 a.m., after detonating a remote bomb KIA troops attacked Burmese army ROC troops near Ting Rat Hka next to a place called Microwave.

At a paddy field in Maring Pa in KIA’s 6th Battalion territory between 8:20 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on July 5, KIA troops ambushed approximately 40-men strong Burmese army troops belonging to 254th LIB.

Again on July 5 at around 1:35 p.m. between Loi Seng and Ma U Pin, combined forces belonging to 2nd Battalion Kachin MHH and KIA’s 2nd platoon engaged approximately 70-men strong Burmese army’s 254th LIB and their auxiliary local militia troops from Ka-maing.

The next day on July 6 at around 8:00 a.m. between Nam Ya and Kap Maw, firing mortars and throwing several grenades simultaneously, KIA’s 6th Battalion troops attacked approximately 30-men strong Burmese army troops under 3rd Military Operation Commands (MOC-3) who were being transported to Hpa-kant in 3 military trucks.

On the same day between Ma U Pin and Ka-maing, combined forces from Kachin MHH’s 2nd platoon, KIA’s 2nd and 3rd platoons carried out a surprise attack on Burmese army troops from MOC-3 and their Ka-maing local militia troops camped at a paddy field owned by Bo Bo Company Ltd,.

On July 8 at around 12:00 a.m. in KIA’s 2nd Brigade territory at an orange farm near Ting Kok village, firing RPGs and several 79 mm rounds KIA troops ambushed approximately 80-men strong Burmese army troops belonging to 37th LIB being transported in 4 military trucks.

According to the frontline sources on March 7, 2017 the Shadan Pa Byuha Kawng-based Burmese army troops belonging to 89th LIB have been mobilizing village heads holding meetings in Man Pan, Hkawk Jang, Hka U and Ja Ing Yang villages every Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The village heads have reportedly been instructed to report on KIA troops movements and to inform Burmese army troops whenever someone from the village leaves the village for any reason.

Since April 2016, members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been prohibited by the Burmese government from entering KIA’s administrative town Laiza. The ICRC members reportedly made their second coming to Laiza on July 5, 2017. Meanwhile, over 2,000 Burmese army troops belonging to a total of 21 LIRs/LIBs have set up military bases in areas surrounding Laiza.

Yunan State Chinese officials and Burmese police forces reportedly toured Kanpaiti and several Chinese towns across the border for two days from June 13-14, 2017. The KLN has learnt that both the Chinese and Burmese want to create a special economic zone in Kanpaiti promoting trade and commerce between the two countries.

Meanwhile in northern Shan State, the T’ang National Liberation Army(TNLA) troops are engaging both the Burmese army and Restoration Council of Shan State(RCSS) troops on several fronts.

Over 270 residents from five villages in Mung Ying region have deserted their villages since clashes resumed between TNLA and RCSS troops on July 4, 2017.

On July 5 between 9:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. in Mai Ni village, TNLA’s 367th Battalion troops fought Burmese army troops belonging to 44th LIB who were making their advances from Mung Myit.

Again on July 7, fighting erupted between TNLA and RCSS troops along Mung Yin. On the same day at around 6:00 a.m., TNLA troops engaged Burmese army troops in Bang Cha Ji.

As the battles continue raging in Kachin and northern Shan States, Burmese army continues arming and backing several local militia groups to combat the non-Burma revolutionary armies.