Burma War: Battles continue in Northern Shan and Kachin State

Fierce fighting continues between Kachin Independence Army and Burmese government’s army with casualties increasing, but a political solution is still far from sight.

A fierce fighting between KIA’s 9th Battalion under 4th Brigade and Burmese Army’s Nampaka-based 123rd LIB under North Eastern Regional Military Command took place on the road between Nampaka town and Humaing village on May 29 at 9 am. Burmese Army later withdraws its troops to Nampaka after suffering high casualties, reported a frontline source.

On May 28, KIA’s troops under 5th Brigade have fought against Burmese Army’s soldiers under 40thLIR at Lung Rawk post near Laja Yang.

KIA’s capital security forces deterred an advancing Burmese Army column between Shadan valley and Ntap Hill on May 28 at 8am. Burmese Army’s artillery unit stationed at Gang Dau Yang village reportedly fired several rounds of 105 mm mortar shells into Npawn Hpaga village, said a KIA source.

The two sides met last March at Ruili City in China and made a preliminary agreement to reduce troops in conflict areas. President Thein Sein ordered Burmese Army twice in last December and January to halt military offensives against KIA. But Burmese Army buildups continue and fighting has intensified since then.

Burmese government delegation’s main interest in previous meetings is signing a ceasefire agreement, said a KIO official. Though KIO repeatedly asked Burmese government to honor previous ceasefire agreement by repositioning its troops, Burmese Army shows no signs of abating its offensive war.

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