Battles Rage in Southern Kachin State

Burmese Army’s 387th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) launched a brief attack on KIA 12th Battalion’s position at Daw Nhkang Bum in Mansi Township in southern Kachin State State on Nov 23 at 9:30 am. The same troops attacked KIA’s Daw Nhkang Bum position again in the afternoon.

The two sides have been engaged in a series of battles in Daw Nhkang Bum area since Nov 21 at 3 pm. According to a frontline source, the most intense battle fought between the two sides was at Daw Nhkang Bum on Nov 22 at 6 am. Several casualties that KLN was unable to confirm have been reported during the battle.

On Nov 20, KIA’s 12th Battalion troops launched an attack on Burmese army troops who were traveling with 40 horses at Hka Hpawk Yang, located between Man Gau and Lahkum Hkyet in Mansi Township, at around 9 am.

KIA frontline sources said Burmese army troops currently based at Loi Hkam Nba Bum fired four 81 mm mortar rounds on KIA’s positions at Ulu Hkyet and Hka Hpawk on Nov 20 between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Man Dat-based Burmese army troops fired 4 rounds of 105 mm howitzer on Loi Jau Bum and Marit Hkyet on Nov 19 between 10 am and 10:30 am.

In western Kachin State, Burmese army troops currently based at Mung Hkawm village fired two 60 mm mortar rounds and several assault rifle rounds on Nov 22, four 82 mm mortar rounds on Noi Je Bum Pat Maw on Nov 20, and twenty 120 mm mortar rounds on Chyasam Hka and Hka U Yup on Nov 19. According to local sources, Burmese army troops fired several mortar rounds on KIA positions and civilian camps to instigate fighting and to scare off gem hunters and scavengers.

On Nov 19, Burmese army troops currently based at Ting Kawk village fired six 60 mm mortar rounds on KIA’s 14th Battalion position at Jan Shang Hkran, located between Ting Kawk and Nam Hpyek village in Danai Township, at around 2 am.

In southwestern Kachin State, several mortars and .5 machine guns fire on KIA positions by Burmese army troops have been reported in the past week. Hka Ya Bum and Hpun Dabang- based Burmese army troops fired 4 rounds of .5 machine gun on KIA’s 23rd Battalion position on Nov 21, several assault rifle rounds on Madi Post on Nov 22, one 60 mm mortar round on KIA’s 255th Mobile Battalion frontline position on Nov 23, and about 30 rounds of .5 machine gun on KIA’s Awng Lawt Post from Wu Htau Pahke on Nov 24.

In northern Shan State, KIA’s 38th Battalion troops and about 40 soldiers from Burmese army’s 220th LIR engaged in a brief exchange at Ta Dwi village in Muse Township on Nov 24 at 1 pm.

Nampaka-based Burmese army’s 123rd LIR troops have reportedly fired 3 artillery rounds on Maiyu Lay IDP camp on Nov 24 causing several damages on 5 temporary houses inside the camp. Currently, there are about 700 IDPs from 138 households living in Maiyu Lay IDP camp. The IDPs who were from Man Swe, Loi Kang, Lwe Tsarant, Ngonga, and Manpu village in Kutkai Township fled their homes in 2016.