Government soldiers extorting money from local traders as fighting continues

By KLN

Monday, September 23, 2013

A local source says Burmese army soldiers from Pathein Gyi-based 4thLIR stop local cattle traders and extort money from them on the way between Sampai and rubber field in southeast Kachin State. Cattle traders have to pay 10,000 kyats per cow.

Meanwhile, battles between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese government troops continue in northern Shan State.

A battle took place between KIA’s 9thBattalion troops and Burmese army’s 241st Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops near Mang Kang village in northern Shan State on Sept 21.

On the same day, KIA’s 36th Battalion troops fought against Burmese army’s 567th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) troops at Lung Ja village in northern Shan State. No casualties on either side have been reported in Saturday’s battles.

A sizable Kachin population lives in northern Shan State as it is geographically connected to Kachin State. This region was called Kachin Sub-State by then Shan State Government in 1947.