Battles Continue in Kachin and Northern Shan State as Ethnic Armed Groups Prepare for the Next Meeting


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A KIA soldier preparing for battle position

A battle took place between Kachin People Militia (Mungshawa Hpyen Hpung in Kachin) troops under KIA’s 38th Battalion and Burmese army troops under 567th Light Infantry Regiment at Banglum Bum in northern Shan State on Dec 16 at 2:30 pm. No casualties on either side have been reported so far.

Another battle took place on the same day between KIA’s 8th Battalion troops and Burmese army’s 505th Light Infantry Regiment troops at 4 pm. The two sides encountered at a location between Prang Tawng village and Bang Lung village in northern Shan State as Burmese army troops currently stationed at Namlek Bum came down from the mountain.

A series of battles between KIA and Burmese government troops have been reported from sources in northern Shan State and Kachin State.

On Dec 13, KIA’s 9th Battalion troops fought against Burmese army’s 45th Light Infantry Battalion troops at Hu Nawng village in northern Shan State at 8:15 am. A local source said the two sides encountered at Hu Nawng village when Burmese government troops marched towards KIA’s 4th Brigade area from Kut Kai in northern Shan State.

Kachin People Militia (MHH) troops under KIA 2nd Battalion and Burmese army’s 125th Light Infantry Battalion troops battled near Mungsi in northern Shan State on Dec 11 at 11:30 am. KIA sources say the fighting took place as Burmese army troops encroached into Mungji Huyet Bum area where Kachin people militia (MHH) troops have a base.

In Kachin State, Burmese army troops under Bhamo-based 21st Military Operations Command (MOC-21) reportedly fired several rounds of artillery shells on civilians working in their rice field near Mungding Pa on Dec 9 at 12 pm. Most Mungding Pa villagers had fled their village after government troops fired Mungding Pa and Kawng Ja village with 60 mm artillery shells in mid-October. Only some farmers remained in the area living in the forest close to their rice fields during harvest time. Government troops entered Mungding Pa village after firing several rounds of 60 mm artillery shells, seizing an IDP camp and a middle school. About 600 villagers were trapped inside Mungding Pa for days.