About 200 Burmese government troops are secretly attempting to approach Laiza, the general headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), in Kachin State, Northern Burma, local people said.
Local military observers told Kachin News Group, the government’s troops are currently positioned at Dum Bang Bum mountain near old Hka La Yang village, on the east side of Myitkyina-Manmaw (Bhamo) Road in Waingmaw Township, since yesterday morning.
The area is close to the KIA strongholds at Laiza, Alen Bum and Laisin Bum.
During the Burma Army’s capture of the former KIA headquarters at Nahpaw and Pajau in 1989, Burmese troops fired artillery at the former KIA headquarters at Dum Bang Bum Mountain, according to locals.
Witnesses said more Burmese troops have been also stationed at N’Mawk (Momauk) Township for two days.
Fighting will occur soon if the government’s troops try to enter the KIA headquarters, said local people.
Since June, the KIA troops in Kachin State and Northern Shan State have been ordered to take only defensive action against government troops and their military bases, said KIA officers.