Wednesday, September 18, 2013
KIA’s 8th Battalion troops and allied TNLA troops as a joint force fought against a combined force of about 100 soldiers from Burmese army’s 45th LIR and 145th LIR, Kawng Hka Pyi Thu Tsit (former KDA), Kut Kai Pyi Thu Tsit under U T. Hkun Myat, and Pan Se Pyi Thu Tsit under U Kyaw Myint at Nam Pang in northern Shan State on September 17 at 11:30 am. A KLN source says 5 soldiers from government’s side died and no casualties on KIA/TNLA side in this battle.
Both U T. Hkun Myat and U Kyaw Myint (also known as U Win Maung or Li Yongqiang) are Burmese government’s parliamentarians. KIA troops fought militia led by another parliamentarian U Zahkung Ting Ying in eastern Kachin State last month. Burmese army is increasingly using ethnic militias in its fight against ethnic armies.