Myanmar Air Force Launches 3 Rounds of Airstrikes in Southern Kachin State

A combined force of Burmese Army’s 10th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) and 317th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops on Tuesday launched attacks on KIA’s 27th Battalion positions in Du Hku and Mahtek village in Mansi Township, southern Kachin State.

According to KIA sources, 3 fighter jets came to bomb on their positions as Burmese Army troops suffered heavy casualties at around 12:40 pm. A KIA frontline source said 27th Battalion troops found the bodies of one sergeant and a private from Burmese Army’s 317th LIR. One KIA Lieutenant and a private were wounded in the battle.

Burmese Army’s artillery units have been firing scores of 60 mm and 120 mm mortar shells on KIA positions around Mahtek village from Kai Htik and Lawa Yang since yesterday as its ground troops advanced towards Du Hku and Mahtek village.

The second round of airstrikes, carried out by 3 fighter jets, came at around 2 pm. The third round of airstrikes, carried out by 2 fighter jets at around 4 pm, hit some civilian properties in Kashawt village. Burmese Air Force’s fighter jets dropped at least 12 bombs on KIA positions around Du Hku on Tuesday, said the KIA source.

Another battle took place between KIA’s 1st Battalion troops and a combined force of Burmese Army’s 521st LIR and 142nd LIB led by Lt. Col. Kyaw Htun Lin near Madang Yang village at around 10:50 am. The battle lasted for about one and a half hour. No casualties have been reported from either side.

On the same day, KIA’s 1st Battalion troops fought Burmese Army’s 86th LIB troops led by Lt. Col. Tun Naing Win near Mung Ding Pa village in Mansi Township at around 3 pm.

In northern Shan State, KIA’s 38th Battalion troops engaged in a battle against a combined force of about 300 Burmese Army soldiers from 506th LIR and 416th LIR near Loi Seng village at around 10 am on Mar 23.

TNLA source said its 527th Battalion troops battled Burmese Army troops at Hkun Hka village in Momeik Township on Mar 24 at 10 pm. TNLA’s 256th Battalion Troops also fought against Burmese Army troops at Maing Ngaw in Kyauk Me Township on the same day at around 10:20 pm. TNLA’s 112nd Battalion troops encountered Burmese Army troops near Kaung Waing village in Nam Kham Township at around 5:30 pm, reported TNLA’s Information Department.