Seven soldiers from Burma’s military are believed to have been killed on Monday following clashes with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in two separate places in northern Kachin state, according to KIA sources.
The first of the lethal clashes took place Monday morning, east of Kamaing in the jade rich Hpakant district located in the west of the war torn state. Three government soldiers were killed and several more injured during the short battle that saw KIA’s Battalion 6 troops face off against the army.
Four more government soldiers are believed have died after the vehicle they were traveling in came under attack from Kachin resistance forces on the Myitkyina-Putao road, according to local residents. The vehicle was part of a military convoy consisting of more than 30 trucks heading north. The incident occurred between Tayang Zup and Sup Hka where clashes have been ongoing between Burma’s military and forces from the KIA’s 1st Brigade for the past few days.