KIA attack in Muse kills 2 government personnel, 3 injured

30.12.2011 kachin news


kia-soldier-301211A KIA’s 4th Brigade soldier.

One soldier from Burma’s army and a police officer were killed yesterday following an attack by the Kachin resistance in Muse township in northern Shan State, witnesses report.  The attack by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) also injured three other government troops.



The guerrilla ambush took place at noon near Namtau village, close to Burma’s ‘105th Mile Border Trade Zone’, an area responsible for more than 70% of Burma’s trade with China.  According to KIA sources the assault was carried out by members of Battalion 36 under the KIA’s 4th Brigade.

Despite President Thein Sein’s recent public declaration that Burma’s army must cease its offensive against the KIA, the armed forces known as the Tatmadaw, has during the past week sent an additional 500 troops to crush the 8th Battalion of the KIA’s 4th Brigade.  Over the last few days fighting between the 8th Battalion and government forces has been particularly fierce along a strech of territory slated to be the route of the Shwe gas pipeline project.

A roadway connecting the ‘105th Mile Border Trade Zone’ to the rest of Burma, the Mandalay-Muse route, has sustained repeated attacks by the Kachin resistance since a ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the central government ended this past June.


Burma Army fights KIO to secure Shwe pipeline route in Shan State

30.12.2011 kachin news


shwe-gas-pipelineA Chinese pipeline truck headed to Burmese border town Muse from Chinese border town Jegao.

For the fourth consecutive day parts of Northern Shan State saw heavy fighting between the Burmese army and troops from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), along the proposed route of the Shwe gas pipeline project.

Since December 25th KIO troops have resisted a sustained Burmese army advance near Namtu and Nam Kham (or Nam Hkam), two towns that lie in the path of the twin oil and gas pipelines.

The proposed pipeline route cuts directly through territory controlled by the 4th brigade of Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) 8th battalion.  Earlier this year the Burmese army fought against the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to seize territory the group controlled that also lies along the path of the pipelines.

When completed the Shwe gas project will send oil and natural gas from Burma’s Arakan coast to China’s southern Yunnan province.  The twin pipelines are expected to give Burma’s central government significantly large annual royalties.

Burmese army alleged to use chemical agents against KIO
Du Zawng, an officer from the the KIA’s 4th brigade told the Kachin News Group (KNG) on Wednesday that over the past 24 hours the Burmese army has again used an unknown chemical weapon against the Kachin resistance.
shwe-gas-kiaDu Zawng reported that more than 10 KIA soldiers near Kutkhai in Northern Shan State became ill after coming in contact with a strong chemical smell that accompanied a series of mortar shell fired by the Burmese side.  After inhaling the fumes the affected troops began to vomit uncontrollably and some became unconsciousness.

The Burmese army has reportedly repeatedly used chemical agents against the Kachin resistance after fighting broke out between the two sides in June this year.  Due to the remote location of the fighting it remains unclear what chemicals the Burmese army has been using.