Fighting Between Burma Army and KIO/A Breaks Out Across Kachin State

By Network Media Group
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Burma Army and its proxy forces clashed with Kachin Independence Organization/Army (KIO/A) across Burma’s Kachin State on Monday, March 15.

In the north, KIO/A Battalion 4 (Brigade 1) fought with Burma Army IB 142 on the eastern side of Irrawaddy River, near the site of the suspended Myitsone Dam.

Residents of the amber rich Tanai Township, located north of Myitkyina, were awakened to the sounds of fighting between the armed groups. “We heard heavy weapons being fired,” said a man, explaining that violence broke out from 2 am to 5 am outside of his Shaduzup village. Villagers are disturbed by the hostilities happening close to their homes, but they are still unsure whether to flee the area, he said.

KIA Battalion 44 (Brigade 9) also fought with Burma Army LIB-381 near Nam Sheng village, Karmaing Township, located in southern Kachin State.

Residents told NMG, that KIO/A attacked the San Pya People’s Militia Force camp near Tanai – Lido road, located in western Kachin state, on Monday morning.

NMG called Col Naw Bu from KIO/A’s information department for comment on fighting but he was not available.

Fighting has been ongoing between the armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan states since March 11.

Burma Army attacked the headquarters of KIO/A Battalion (Brigade 6) with helicopters on March 11 after the ethnic armed organization attacked its camp near Selzin village, located in Hpakant Township.

Residents of Myitkyina told NMG that Burma Army attack helicopters did a flyover the state’s capital city on Monday morning.