BA Jets Strike Again, Ground Battles Continue

2 BA fighter jets again pounded KIA’s 6th Battalion positions in Hpakant township on May 14 at 9:55 am. The two fighter jets first dropped bombs and then fired with machine-guns at KIA position at Loi Mye Bum.

Meanwhile, KIA’s 6th Battalion troops and BA troops engaged in a series of ground battles at Chyau Hpa Bum, Dum Bum, Woi Bum and Loi Mye Bum on May 13 and 14. The two sides fought at Woi Bum and Dum Bum on May 13 at 6:30 am and 11:30 am, and at a hill between Chyau Hpa Bum and Loi Mye Bum on May 14 at 3 pm. KIA’s 6th Battalion troops attacked BA troops travelling between Nam Yung and Hpang Hka Jawng on May 13 at 5 pm.

In Danai township, KIA troops under 2nd Brigade launched an attack on BA troops occupying their bases around Awng Lawt village on May 14 at 10 am. KIA’s 20th Battalion troops and BA troops encountered in a series of battles at Daleng Bum on May 13 at 4:35 pm, at Gauri Bum on May 14 at 10:10 am, and along Danai Hka on May 14 at 10:25 am. BA troops currently based at Wara Zup and Zi Pa fired 4 artillery rounds on KIA’s 14th Battalion positions.

In Sumprabum township, KIA’s 4th Battalion troops battled BA troops at Mara Hkin Dawt on May 14 at 5:55 pm. BA troops currently based at Mara Hkin Dawt fired two 120 mm mortar rounds at Hpawlam Hpya and Njang Yang-based BA troops fired four 120 mm rounds on KIA’s 4th Battalion positions on May 14.

In northern Shan state, KIA’s 2nd Battalion troops launched an attack on BA troops on the road between Man Pying and Lung Wai in Kutkai township on May 14 at 10:45 am.

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