Burma-Myanmar: Clashes between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burma army continue after 3 policemen released
Clashes between the Kachin Independence Organization’s (KIO) armed wing and the Burmese military continued in Kachin state this week, even after the KIO handed over three police officers who had been detained near Hpakant.
Heavy fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army broke out in Hpakant and Kamaing townships on 22nd January, said Major Tang San from the KIA’s Battalion 6.
The KIA Major told the Kachinnews, that the heavy fighting took place when KIA troops from Battalion 6 were confronted by Burma army reinforcements on Gwi Hka road and the Kamaing to Mogaung road, near Nam San Hka stream.
“Today the fighting lasted for two or three hours. It happened in the Gwi Hka area from 10 am to 2 pm and at the Kaming side from 10:55 am to 1 pm” said Major Tang San.