More Troops Deployed, Village Head Detained, Kachin State’s Prime Minister Visited Gwi Htu

Two small Burmese army trucks transporting several troops left for Chi-hpwi from their Myitkyina base on July 19. The two vehicles returned to their base at around 2:00 p.m. each carrying back around 10 troops. The KLN has learnt that the Burmese troops were sent to investigate the in-fighting among the Burmese army-backed Border Guard Force (B.G.F) members.

On July 18 in KIA’s 3rd Battalion territory, approximately 20 troops belonging to 534th Light Infantry Regiment(LIR) led by their major were reportedly patrolling along Mang Dawng village. At around 7:00 p.m., the Zai Aung-based Burmese army troops reportedly fired four M-79 rounds and continued firing light weapons rampantly for about 10 minutes towards KIA positions.

Again in KIA’s 3rd Battalion territory on July 21, selected B.G.F sergeants belonging to 1001, 1002, and 1003 Battalions were reportedly sent to the Pin Dawng military training center in Myitkyina. The KNL has learnt that approximately 10 sergeants from each B.G.F Battalion have been selected to take the two-month training.

In KIA’s 30th Battalion territory on July 21 at around 6:00 p.m., a Burmese army drone was spotted hovering over for a few minutes. The drone reportedly returned again the next day at around 6:15 a.m.

On July 15 at around 9:50 a.m., Burmese government-appointed Kachin State chief minister Dr. Hkyet Aung and entourage arrived at Gwi Htu surveying land to relocate internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returned to Myitkyina in the afternoon.

During a 3-day period from July 15- July 18 in KIA’s 18th Battalion territory, approximately 20 Burmese army troops belonging to Shadan Pa Byuha Kawng-based 89th Light Infantry Battalion(LIB) were reportedly spotted moving along Wa Baw Bum and Hkawk Jang. On 21 July, the same troops were reportedly taking pictures of banana plantations located between Hkawk Jang and Hka U.

Meanwhile, the Shadan Pa Byuha Kawng-based Major Thein Htut Oo keeps holding meetings with village heads from Man Pang, Hkawk Jang, Hka U, and Ja Ing Yang villages every Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

On July 20 at around 3:30 p.m. in Hpa-kant Township, the Bun Ra village head Mr. U Maung Oo was taken away by Burmese army troops belonging to 101st Light Infantry Division(LID). When villagers went to inquire their village head’s whereabouts on July 22, the Burmese army major bluntly stated they did not have Mr. U Maung Oo with them.

On July 15 in KIA’s 15th Battalion territory, the Hp-kawn, Ma Da-based Burmese army troops belonging to 121st LIB were replaced by troops from 223rd LIB. The returning 211st LIB troops numbering approximately 100 men in 6 military trucks reached Man Maw at around 3:40 p.m. on the same day.

The next day on July 16 at around 5:30 a.m., seven military trucks carrying approximately 100 Burmese army troops belonging to 121st LIB left for Man Je Ywar Tit Kung. On the same day at around 2:00 p.m., another Burmese army unit travelling on foot from Ywar Tit Kung reached Madang Yang while several troops continued marching to Sin Di Bum.