Battles Continue Unabated Across Kachin State

Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma Army (BA) troops have engaged in continuous battles in Danai, Kamaing, Hpakant, Myitkyina, Waimaw, Njang Yang, and Chihpwi townships in western and central Kachin state since April 11.

The fiercest battles being waged are areas around KIA’s 4th, 6th, 11th, 14th, 26th Battalions HQs, and 1st and 2nd Brigade HQs. As the ground battles rage, BA reportedly launches several rounds of artillery shelling around KIA headquarters Laiza area, 5th Brigade and KIA’s Mobile Battalion HQs areas.

A battle took place between KIA troops under 2nd Brigade and BA troops at Bum Hkaw Bum near Hkamau confluence in Danai township on May 6 at 10:15 am.

On May 5, KIA’s 14th Battalion troops and BA troops engaged in a series of battles at Bum Hkaw Bum at 7 am and again at 11:50 am.

On May 5 in Njang Yang township, KIA’s 4th Battalion troops launched an attack on BA post near Gwi Htau jetty at around 5 am.

On the same day on May 5, KIA’s 4th battalion troops and BA troops under 33rd LID fought a battle at Mile 19 post between 3:20 am – 4:40 pm.

Similarly, KIA troops under 2nd Brigade and BA troops engaged in a series of battles around Awng Lawt village in Danai township on May 3 at 7:45 am, 10 am, 4 pm and 6 pm.

In northern Shan state, BA troops under 55th LID and KIA’s 36th Battalion troops fought a series of battles at a hill between Sama village and Hkaw Bang village on May 3 at 10 am and again on May 4 at 7:45 am.

Meanwhile, BA fired a number of unprovoked artillery shells on KIA positions on May 3 and 4, reported KIA frontline sources.

BA troops fired 5 mortar rounds on KIA’s 2nd Brigade positions at Nam Htun Bum and Hka Mau Zup on May 4 at 5:30 am. BA’s 298th LIB troops fired 2 mortar rounds on KIA’s 14th battalion positions in Danai township on May 3 at 9:15 pm.

Similarly, BA’s 37th LIB troops currently based at N-gram village fired 3 artillery rounds on a KIA’s 4th battalion position at 59th mile post in Njang Yang township on May 3 at 9:30 pm.