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These young cadets from the Arakan Army fell alongside 15 comrades from other ethnic armies as the Burmy Army attacked the Kachin Independence Army’s Military Academy on 19.11.2014.photos: ရကၡိဳင့္တပ္မေတာ္ – သတင္းႏွင့္ ျပန္ၾကားေရးဌာန
Initial reports indicated that 22 had died in the attack however a 23rd trainee died of his injuries en route to hospital, the Kachin News Group has learned. The remaining 15 survivors are being cared for in Laiza.
The mortar which is believed to have been a105 mm artillery shell was fired from a Burma army post on Hka Ya Bum mountain controlled by a unit from the Light Infantry Battalion (Kha-Ma-Ya) No. 389, according to KIO spokesperson Lah Nan.
Lah Nan believes that the shelling of the KIO’s de-facto capital was intentional. “They (Burma Army) carefully aimed and shelled the KIA officer trainees military parade at noon, so many were injured and killed,” explained the KIO’s main spokesperson .
Peace Process could be affected by further bloodshed
Further incidents like Wednesday’s shelling could affect the Kachin peace process warned Lamai Gum, a representative of the Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG). The PCG is a committee of prominent Kachin businessmen who have been active in facilitating talks between the government and the KIO.
“From Hka Ya Bum mountain everything can be seen clearly, so they (Burma Army) intentionally pointed and shelled there,” he said.
Last journey fallen cadets from various ethnic armies who have been killed by Burmy Army’s 105mm howitzer attack on 19.11.2014
Eleven cadets from the Ta-ang National Liberation Army and two from the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front were killed as the Burma Army attacked the Military Academy of the Kachin Independence Army with 105mm howitzer on 19.11.2014. Eight cadets from the Arakan Army were killed and five others were severely wounded .
Twenty-two ethnic Kachin soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fired on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed. 22 military academic trainees died and 15 were injured due to artillery shelling by the government military base at Hkarabum.Government troops attacked with artillery. At 12:15pm, Light Infantry Battalion No. 390 attacked with 105mm [caliber ammunition]. At 12:36pm, Hkarabum Infantry No. 389 shot a 105mm into the military academy,the academy is within close range of a camp for internally displaced persons .
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The official said the Burma Army was unaware that officer training was in session at the academy and that the site was not their intended target.
“We feel very sorry for this loss of life, and we hope the peace process will not be affected,” he said.
La Nan, spokesperson for the KIA, denied the official’s claim that Kachin troops had attacked Burmese soldiers, adding that the Burma Army had not informed Kachin officials of the road construction.
“They are lying,” said La Nan.
Part of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in its “Position Statement” released on 20 November 2014, regarding the artillery bombardment, writes:
“During the time when effort is being made to establish trust for the achievement of peace in the country, the use of military pressure by the Burma Tatmadaw raises the question of whether the Burma Tatmadaw really has the desire and intention for peace, and it should be mindful that such acts are a serious obstacle to the establishment of trust.”
“The timing of the attacks with the Union Parliament Speaker U Shwe Mann’s comment that amendment of the 2008 Constitution would be possible only after the 2015 election could be assumed as a case of joint military-political conspiracy.”
KIO STATEMENT TO WITHDRAW FROM TERRITORY OR…….
Myanmar Army shelling in Kachin State left 22 cadets from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) military academy dead and 14 others seriously wounded on Wednesday, reports say.
Myanmar Army soldiers began firing on the school, located just over five miles from the KIA headquarters in Laiza, at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
Clashes were reported between the Myanmar Army and KIA soldiers in Mongnaung Village in Kachin State’s Moehnyin Township at around 3 a.m. yesterday, and another clash also broke out approximately 10 miles from Palana Ward in Myitkyina at about 11 a.m. on the same day.
Lamai Gun Jar from the Myitkyina-based Peace Creation Group (PCG) said the government had been informed about the incident at the academy.
“Artillery shells did not [just] fall, and neither did clashes occur. Government artillerymen sitting on Khaya Mountain could clearly see the movement of trainees at the military academy. They intentionally shelled the place where the trainees were gathered,” said Lamai Gun Jar.
“At first, it was reported that 20 died and 16 were injured. At 8 p.m., two more were reported dead. The attackers were from Light Infantry Regiment No. 389 based in Moegaung,” Lamai Gun Jar continued.
When asked about the incident, a government soldier from the Northern Command declined to comment, citing lack of authorisation discuss the incident.
The KIA as well as its political wing, the Kachin Independence Organisation, could not be reached for comment either.
Lamai Gun Jar said he was instructed by the KIO to inform the authorities about the attack, adding that he had already informed the joint KIO-Myanmar Army conflict-resolution team and the government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC).
Hla Maung Shwe, a member of UPWC’s Technical Group, also said the authorities had been informed about the attack.
Clashes between the Myanmar Army and the KIA resumed in June 2011 following a 17-year ceasefire, resulting in casualties on both sides and forcing over 100,000 people to take refuge in displaced-person camps.
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- LIST OF KILLED1. Mai Sat Chya Dang
2. Mai Naga Ngye
3. Mai Hkre Plang
4. Mai Aik Chya
5. Mai Sangai Jo
6. Mai Plaw San
7. Mai Sangai Htun
8. Mai Kung Kamai
9. Mai Aik Myit
10. Naw Yawt Hkre
11. Mai Om Hu ( Died during hospital treatment)
12. John Byak Din Lin
13. Ram Ngawk (Died during hospital treatment)
14. Kyaw Hkan
15. Ko Saw Tin
16. Hkai Htet Aung
17. Hkai Htun
18. Ye Win Htun
19. Yan Lin Soe
20. Aung Aung Tan
21. Teing Tang Naing
22. Heing Htet
23. Tet Zaw