There are no reports on casualties on either side so far.
According to eyewitnesses, the day’s fighting was the fiercest in the area this week. Seventeen government troops were killed by the KIA in yesterday’s fighting in different areas of Sinbo, said KIA officials.
At the same time, skirmishes between the two sides are taking place day and night in Dum Bung Krung in the KIA’s Battalion 25 area in N’mawk (Momauk) Township in Manmaw (Bhamo) district, said KIA officers.
Residents of N’mawk told Thailand-based Kachin News Group on Saturday that they can hear mines explode and gunfire every day.
A KIA officer in Laiza said heavy fighting is occurring in the whole of Kachin State and Northern Shan State with government troops encroaching on KIA’s territories.
Though, the KIA is defending itself, it has destroyed more than 10 bridges in the two states since early this week— crippling transportation of troops of the Burmese Army.
In Sinbo, where 17 Burmese soldiers were killed on June 17 in the fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) battalion 5 and Burmese troops of the Light Infantry 141, a woman with four children and three girls under 20 years of age were raped by Burmese troops. The woman died after the incident but the three girls are alive, according to the source.
Another source said a couple was tortured and the wife died after being raped in Dawhpumyang village between Myitkyina the capital of Kachin State and Manmaw (Bhamo).
However, a KIA officer on the front line said, he could not confirm the incident but in Shan State three Kachin men were beaten to death after being put into bags and three girls were tortured and later released by Burmese soldiers. The three local girls are from Na Lung village between Manmaw and Laiza headquarters of the KIO.
He said, Burmese troops deployed in Manje (Mansi) township in southern Kachin State are arresting and killing civilians. Three Kachin residents from these areas have been killed by the soldiers.
Daw Way Way Lwin (Mrs Hkun Tun Oo)
Nang Khin Ohn Tint (Mrs Sai Nyunt Lwin, serving 79 years)
Nang Kham Awng (Mrs Sai Hla Aung, also serving 79 years)
She was there for 11/2 hours: 09:30-11:00.