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The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has halted all civilian travel on an important jade mining road in Hpakan (Hpakant) Township in Kachin State, due to the ongoing government offensive in the area.
An official with the KIO’s armed wing the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) told the Kachin News Group (KNG) that as of 12 PM January 4 all civilian travel would be banned on the Hpakan to Myitkyina road.
The official from the Awng Lawt-based 4th Brigade, who declined to give his name, told KNG , “we had to issue the temporary order for the shutdown of the Hpakan road because the government is sending more military columns to Hpakan. We don’t want to cause harm to civilians when we are defending ourselves from Burmese troops”.
Three hours before the closure, Kachin resistance forces clashed with government troops on the road in the Noi Daw Bum area near Ma-U Pyin village, witnesses reported. According to KIA officials three Burmese troops were killed during the firefight.
Most of the Myitkyina-Hpakan road has been under the control of Kachin forces since the government began a new offensive against the KIO in June of last year. The KIO resumed tax collection in the Hpakan jade area once fighting began 6 months ago. A practice that was halted during the group’s 17 year ceasefire with the central government.
According to another KIA official with the 2nd Brigade the road will be reopened when the government ends its offensive against the KIO.
Burma is the world’s largest producer of jade and tax collection from the export precious stones is estimated to be the third largest source of revenue for the Burmese government.
“တဖက္က နယ္ေျမ ရွင္းလင္းၿပီးေတာ့မွ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ လႈပ္ရွားတဲ့ တပ္ဖြဲ႔နဲ႔ သြားတုိးေတာ့ တုိက္ပြဲ ျဖစ္တယ္” ဟု ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ ဘီထူးက ေျပာသည္။
ထို႔ေနာက္ ဇန္န၀ါရီလ ၂ ရက္ေန႔က ဖာေဆာင္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ေမာ္ခ်ီးေဒသတြင္ နယ္ေျမ ရွင္းလင္းေနသည့္ ခလရ ၁၃၅ စစ္ေၾကာင္းကို ကရင္နီတပ္ဖြဲ႔မွ တိုက္ခိုက္ခဲ့ရာ အစိုးရတပ္မွ ဒု-အရံခံဗိုလ္တင္ေအာင္၊ ဗိုလ္ေနဇာထြန္း၊ တပ္သားေအာင္ေအာင္တို႔ က်ဆုံးခဲ့ၿပီး ဒု-တပ္ၾကပ္ တဦး ဒဏ္ရာရရိွခဲ့သည္ဟု ကရင္နီအမ်ဳိးသား တိုးတက္ေရးပါတီ (ေကအဲန္ပီပီ)၏ သတင္းႏွင့္ ျပန္ၾကားေရး အဖြဲ႔မွ ခူဒယ္နီယာက ေျပာသည္။
“တုိက္ပြဲကေတာ့ တုိက္ေနရမွာပဲေပါ့။ ျပည္သူေတြရဲ႕ အခြင့္အေရး၊ ကိုယ္လုိခ်င္တဲ့ အခြင့္အေရးေတြ ရဖုိ႔ တုိက္ေနတာပဲ” ဟု ခူဒယ္နီယာက ေျပာသည္။
ယခု ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့သည့္ တိုက္ပြဲမ်ားအတြင္း ကရင္နီတပ္မွ ထိခိုက္ဒဏ္ရာ ရရိွျခင္း မရိွခဲ့ေၾကာင္း ကရင္နီျပည္တပ္မေတာ္က ဆိုသည္။ Continue reading “ႏွစ္သစ္ကူးတြင္ ကရင္နီျပည္၌ တိုက္ပြဲ ဆက္တိုက္ျဖစ္ပြား၊ ၄ ဦး က်ဆုံး ၈ ဦး ဒဏ္ရာKtimes”
According to reports coming from the border, Infantry Battalion 141 based in Sinbo Township, Kachin state collected money from resident gold-diggers earning a basic living and trucks carrying goods.
They were collecting from people in the villages of Talorkyi, Taparong, and upper Ngapyawtaw in Sinbo Township, a resident of Talorkyi village told S.H.A.N.
They summoned the gold-panners, motorboat and motorbike drivers to the 141st Battalion post and collected money, according to the sources.
“If we want to use machines to pan gold, we have to pay them 20,000 kyats per machine and 5,000 kyats per motorbike. Cars cannot be used there. As only boats are used, they collect 100,000 kyats for just small pieces of wood and bamboo carried by the boats,” he added.
As the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) continue fighting within that area, there are difficulties in transportation. Because of being unfairly collected by the Burma Army, they are facing extreme difficulty, according to the locals.
4.01.2012 For the first time since 2002, when a month long battle was waged against the Shan State Army (SSA) South, the Burma Army’s Infantry Battalion 360 is clearing the Burmese side of the Laktaeng checkpoint between Wiang Haeng (Thailand) and Monghta (Burma). Villagers are wondering whether the checkpoint will be reopened to herald the thaw between the SSA and the Burma Army. (SHAN)
Officials from the Kachin Independence Organization’s armed wing claim that on January 4 their group shot down a Burmese army transport helicopter in northern Kachin State.
The pilot of the Russian built helicopter died upon impact, after crash landing in a paddy field near Sinlum Bum village in N’Mawk (Momauk) Township, said Zau Seng a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) officer stationed on the front line. Continue reading “Burma Army helicopter shot down by Kachin resistance-LAIZA HPE KALANG BAI HTIM GASAT NA MASING.wmv”