Despite peace talks, government’s army attacks continue

Burmese government army continued to launch attacks on KIA troops and Kachin civilians during the time the two sides met in China-Burma border city Ruili on Oct 30.

A fierce battle took place between Kachin people militia under KIA’s mobile battalion and Burmese army’s 321st L.I.B at Mali-yang on Oct 30. The two sides met again at Ja Pu village and fought another battle on the same day, reported a front line source.

Another battle took place in northern Shan State between KIA’s 34th Battalion under 4th Brigade and Burmese army’s Meiktila-based 99th L.I.D at Mung Lung village located between Mogok and Kyawkme on Oct 30 at 11 am.

KIA’s 4th Brigade commander Colonel Zau Raw said Burmese army had fired 105 mm mortar shells aiming towards Kachin administrative capital Laiza for at least 14 times during the time KIO was preparing for upcoming Ruili talk. More than 90 battles have been fought between the two sides in October alone, said Colonel Zau Raw.

Local residents say Burmese army’s Gandau-yang-based artillery unit have fired several rounds of (81mm, 105mm and 120mm) mortar shells on Kachin villages located around Kachin administrative capital Laiza for two days beginning Oct 27. Mali-yang, Ja Hta, Npawn and Namsan-yang villages have been shelled indiscriminately by government soldiers.

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