Kachin forces capture Burma army checkpoint in N.Shan state

MONGKOE, Burma — Late Thursday evening, members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) captured and then destroyed a strategic government checkpoint in northern Shan state at Pangsai (Kyukok), eyewitnesses report.

The gate located near Pangsai (Kyukok) on the road towards Mongkoe (also spelled Monggu) and Hpawng Seng, played a major role in the Burma army’s efforts to restrict and monitor the movements of people in the area.

Following the KIA’s capture of the strategic site the small structure was set on fire and burned to the ground. During the takeover, a group of three army soldiers and two police officers stationed at the gate were first disarmed and detained by Kachin forces. According to witnesses the five men were later released as a gesture of goodwill from the KIA.

The raid on the checkpoint was carried out by troops from the KIA’s Brigade 4 and members of the civilian volunteer force known as the People’s Army, according to a KIA officer who confirmed that the incident took place.


While Mongkoe township is the traditional territory of the KIA, the Burma army currently control most towns in the area while the KIA controls the countryside, according to local residents.

Last Sunday April 1, the same day as the national by-elections, four government soldiers died and several others were seriously injured following heavy fighting between Kachin forces and the Burma army in the Pangsai area.

North western Shan state has since December of last year state witnessed heavy fighting between the Burma army and the KIA. Clashes have been particularly severe along a stretch of territory between Namtu and the Chinese border along the route of a massive twin oil and gas pipeline project currently under construction.  When completed the Shwe gas pipelines will send fuel from Burma’s Arakan coast to China through a long stretch of what is currently KIA territory.

Government forces mount offensive on KIO’s Laiza stronghold
While fighting continues in Shan state, heavy fighting is also taking place in Kachin state near the Kachin Independence Organization’s (KIO) de facto capital, Laiza. According to sources the Burma army is in the process of sending hundreds of fresh reinforcements to the area.

The troop buildup near Laiza comes despite the fact that President Thein Sein has twice over the past five months publicly called on the army to halt the Kachin offensive.

WAR: Burma Army’s Light Infantry Divisions (LIDs) 88 and 99, and Military Operations Commands (MOCs) 3 and 10 pounding Kachin Independence Army (KIA) bases

The Burma Army’s Light Infantry Divisions (LIDs) 88 and 99, and Military Operations Commands (MOCs) 3 and 10, have been pounding Kachin Independence Army (KIA) bases around its headquarters Laiza with heavy weapons since 6 April, according to Kachin spokesman La Nan. “Maybe their objective is Laiza,” he said. (SHAN)


LAIZA, Burma — Officials with the armed-wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) say Burma government forces are massing in preparation for what appears to be an upcoming assault on Laiza, the KIO’s de facto capital.

The army has focused its buildup efforts on Lajayang, located less than 5 miles by road from Laiza, according to the officials who requested anonymity.  According to reports from the field the army recently sent 120 mm artillery to Lajayang and other positions surrounding Laiza.

As the crow flies Laiza is less than 3 miles from Lajayang, if the army starts to fire heavy artillery from Lajayang, Lazia could be seriously damaged.

Apart from Lajayang, the last few weeks have also seen a significant buildup of government troops at other strategic locations along the Myitkyina to Bhamo (Manmaw) road. Fresh Burma army troops were recently sent from bases in both Myitkyina and Bhamo, to Burmese positions along this key transportation route.

Burma: Three clashes took place in Hsenwi township during the weekend

9 April 2012
Three clashes took place in Hsenwi township during the weekend, killing at least 18 and wounding 13 of the Burma Army troops from Military Operations Command # 16.

  • Date            Location                          Killed        Wounded
    6 April          Homien-Kawng Lang           7              7
    Honawng-kengkham           1               4
    8 April          Hotong                              10             2

    Most of the 300-400 villagers from Mongyang tract forcibly relocated before the April 1 by-elections still unable to return home. Shan State Army (SSA) North signed ceasefire agreement on 28 January.(SHAN)

    • 8 April 2012
      Karen National Union (KNU) delegation led by Zipporah Sein and Mutu Sayphoe meets leaders of ethnic political parties at Rangoon’s Sedona Hotel. They include 1990 election winning parties and 2010 election winning parties. Zomi National Congress’s Pu Cin Xian Thang thanked KNU for being the first to support his 2010 Kalemyo Declaration calling for Panglong II. (Kawli Media)
    • 9 April 2012
      Lashio airport closed for about 24 hours after strike by thunderbolt on 5 April, around 13:00, caused fissures on the runway. The repair was supervised by armored command chief who has been acting regional commander while the incumbent Maj Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw is in Naypyitaw to attend a meeting.(SHAN)