More government troops deployed as the two sides prepare to meet

Fighting continues between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese government army as both sides prepare for a meeting in China-Burma border city Ruili on Oct 30, 2012. Local sources say more soldiers are sent from Monywa-based North Western Command despite an agenda to withdraw government troops from KIO controlled area has been put forward by KIO.

A battle took place between KIA’s 6th battalion and Burmese army’s 13rd LIR under Magway-based 88th LID at Wang bum, Chyau Kang hkahku, in Hpakant on Oct 22.

Front line sources reported that Burmese army’s Mogaung-Samaw-based 105th LIB, currently stationed at former KIO’s Nahpaw hill, fired 5 rounds of 81mm mortar shells on KIA’s capital security forces at Padang kawng post and Kang bum post on Oct 24 at 2:30 pm.

Another battle took place between KIA’s 16th battalion and Burmese army’s 237th LIB under Bhamo-based MOC-21 at Hkawanbang (Kyauk Tsahkan) on Oct 23. One Burmese army captain and three soldiers have been killed in this battle, said a local front line source.

In another front in northern Shan State, KIA’s 17th battalion under 4th Brigade fought against Burmese army’s Hupang-based 145th LIB at Gangming on Oct 23 at 10 am.

A KIA officer from 6th battalion said, “Burmese government wants to pressure us militarily while both sides agreed to meet at Ruili on Oct 30. As the time is getting closer for the meeting, more government troops are being sent to our area.”


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