WAR: Fresh Govt. Attack on KIA at Hydropower Dam

Monday, 11 July 2011 19:19

Burmese government troops have launched a large-scale attack including mortar shells against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) at the hydropower dam site in Momauk Township,  Kachin State, northern Burma.

The two-day assault started on Sunday and involved government forces and KIA Battalions 15 and 25, according to La Nan, joint-secretary of the KIA’s political wing, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).

A number of 81mm mortars shells also landed in areas close to the KIA headquarters in Laiza, next to the Sino-Burmese border. Some mortar rounds actually landed on Chinese soil and were inspected by the authorities there, claimed La Nan.

The KIO has accused government troops of attacking the KIA from covered positions amongst civilian infrastructure at the Taping hydropower dam site including workshops and electricity poles. If KIA troops were to return fire, there is a strong possibility that these important Chinese-owned amenities will be damaged.

La Nan alleges that the Burmese government is attempting to cause problems between the KIA and Chinese businesses through these military tactics. KIA troops, however, refused to be drawn into a protracted battle with the Burmese Army, he added.

KIA sources also reveal that the KIO leadership will conduct survey amongst Kachin civilians tomorrow to determine if they should seek a ceasefire with the government.

Serious fighting between the Burmese Army and KIA troops has forced more than 10,000 refugees to flee to the Sino-Burmese border since hostilities broke out on June 9.

Both small-scale clashes and heavy fighting have taken place every day across Kachin State despite the government and KIO leaders recently discussing possibilities for a ceasefire Continue reading “WAR: Fresh Govt. Attack on KIA at Hydropower Dam”

WAR: Burmese Army Officer, Police Officer Killed in the Clash with SSA

12.July 2011

The clash broke out between SSA and Burmese army, Burmese police force at a place between Murng Pun Towship and Loilem Township, southern Shan State, casing 9 dead include 1 captain from Burmese army and 1 police lieutenant from police force.


On 9 July at 8:20 am, SSA fighters exchanged gunfire with Burmese army IB 12 based in Loilem and Loilem police force at a place northwest of Tongnao village, Loilem Township. In the 10 minutes-fighting, 3 Burmese soldiers and 6 policemen were killed.

There were 1 captain from IB 12 and 1 police lieutenant among the dead bodies. SSA captured 2 AK 47 with 2 magazines, 44 AK 47 rounds and 1 pistol with 6 rounds.

Two SSA fighters have sacrificed their lives for the sake of Shan State in the fighting.


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