Following Clashes With KIA, Tatmadaw Arrests Villagers In Bhamo Township

Five locals were reportedly taken by government troops from their corn farms after fighting occurred between the Burma Army and Kachin troops.

By NETWORK MEDIA GROUP (NMG)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

After fighting broke out between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Kachin State’s Bhamo Township, government forces arrested five locals in the area.

NMG reported that a battle occurred near a KIA post after the Burmese military reportedly reinforced troops to the area before seizing the post on Friday. On the same day, the five villagers—from three communities—were arrested.

“They arrested two villagers from Natkhok and three villagers from Aung Myin Tha village in this morning,” a Bhamo local, who requested anonymity, told NMG on Friday. “They were not arrested at home. They are corn farmers. They were arrested when they were working on their farms.”

He added that the families of the individuals who were being detained are worried and want to know why their relatives were arrested, and that locals fear more human rights abuses will be perpetrated in the area as fighting continues.