Daily Fighting Continues in Kachin and Northern Shan State

Incessant battles between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese Army troops continue to rage while there is a lack of media coverage on what is actually happening on the ground in Kachin and northern Shan State.

A battle took place between Kachin civilian forces under KIA’s 14th Battalion and an unknown Burmese army unit at Nam Hpyek Hka Hkrai Noi in Danai Township on Nov 18 at 11:30 am. KIA frontline sources said Burmese army troops supported its ground troops by firing several mortars on KIA positions from Lagang Pa and Nawng Lung Hka.

Similarly, a KIA’s mobile unit under its 2nd Brigade engaged in a battle against about 60 Burmese army soldiers under Danai-based Regional Operations Commands at a location between Kawng Ra village and Nam Hkang Hka bridge in Danai Township on Nov 17 at 6:40 am.

On Nov 15, KIA’s 14th Battalion troops and Burmese army’s 86th Light Infantry Battalion troops fought a battle near Mai Sak Post in Danai Township at 6 pm.

In southern Kachin State, Kachin civilian forces under KIA’s 12th Battalion battled Burmese army’s 237th Light Infantry Battalion troops at Daw Nhkang Bum in Mansi Township on Nov 18 at 6:35 am.

On Nov 17, KIA’s 12th Battalion troops launched an attack on a Burmese army unit at Loi Hkam around 9 am and another attack near Kang Bum around 9:35 am. Burmese army troops reportedly fired several M-79 grenade rounds on KIA positions.

Similarly, KIA’s 12th Battalion troops and Burmese army troops exchanged fires with M-79 grenade launchers and 105 mm howitzers on Nov 16 at Lahkum Hkyet in Mansi Township at around 2 pm.

KIA’s 12th Battalion troops again fought Burmese army troops who currently occupied Nam Lim Pa Kachin Baptist Church on Nov 15 at 1:45 pm. The battle lasted for about 30 minutes. On the same day, the two sides fought near Bang Htan Kachin Baptist Church at around 9 am.

A combined force of KIA troops from 12th, 27th and 39th Battalion engaged in a battle with Burmese army’s 237th Light Infantry Battalion troops at Daw Nhkang Bum on Nov 15 at 7:55 am. A KIA source said its frontline troops regained Daw Nhkang Bum post which they lost to Burmese army’s 237th LIB troops on previous day. The two sides encountered in two separate battles on Nov 15.

KIA sources also reported that Burmese army frontline troops fired several mortar rounds on KIA positions from Bang Htan KBC, RCM compounds, Kai Htik, and Lung Ja Bum.

In KIA’s headquarters Laiza area, Burmese army troops currently based at Hka Ya Bum randomly fired 40 MG-42 machine gun rounds into surrounding mountains on Nov 14 at 1:30 pm.

On Nov 15, Burmese army’s Sadung Bum-based 308th Light Infantry Regiment troops fired two 81 mm mortar rounds on KIA position at Bum Wa around 2 am.

In northern Shan State, KIA’s 2nd Battalion troops battled an unknown Burmese army unit at a location between Kawng Lim and Kawng Hkam in Kutkai Township on Nov 17 at 7:30 am.

Beginning Nov 14 at 1:30 pm, KIA’s 9th Battalion troops and a combined force of Burmese army’s 83rd LIB and 103rd LIR troops engaged in a series of battles near Kawng Mu in Kutkai Township for two consecutive days .