The commander of the Burmese Army’s Northern Regional Military Command, Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung, told people in Pangwa, Kachin State, not to worry about the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) causing problems because his troops will wipe them out.
He made the statement at a meeting in Pangwa with the public, local militia troops and troops formerly of the New Democratic Army-Kachin (NDA-K) who were absorbed into the Burmese Army’s Border Guard Force in 2010.
La Nan, a spokesperson for the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the political wing of the KIA, said: “We heard what he said at the meeting about the government troops wiping out our troops.
“They could not wipe out the KIA even if they tried.”
The KIA troops seized a former NDA-K base in Pangwa on April 16, with the loss of 31 men, according to state-run media.