16th, 17th & 18th July, 2011
Seven Burmese soldiers, including a captain, have been captured by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) after two days of fighting at Hka Ya, near the Kachin headquarters at Laiza, in Burma’s Northern Kachin State. The captive soldiers were being detained at Laiza KIA/KIO Headquarter and being treated well by KIA. The captive soldiers are from Infantry Battalion No. 21, based in the Kachin capital, Myitkyina.
They were captured with 19 weapons, including two machine guns, a 60 mm mortar and the main military communication device. The entire Burmese battalion seemed to be collapsed because most of the troops were wounded and killed by the Kachin army.
A Burmese Army Battalion commander, Col.Aung Khaing Win from Hk.L.Y/ No (21) was killed during the clash and the exact numbers of casualties were unknown yet and many of injured Burmese Army soldiers were seen sending to Nam San Yang village, High school.
The fighting started on Saturday, July 16, when government troops tried to enter Laiza, the KIA’s restricted area. It was the largest battle of the weekend so far. Lieutenant Awng Ja, who was wounded by a Burmese mortar shell, died at the Laiza hospital. The fighting has been intensifying in three major areas in Kachin State, the Sinbo area in Mohnyin Township, Manmaw (Bhamo) District and Waingmaw Township,
2) 19th July, 2011
A Burmese Army deputy battalion commander and (6) Burmese Army soldiers from the Mong Mit-based Light Infantry Battalion No. 348 were killed during fighting with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) from Battalion 12, led by Major Zau Gam, which is based in Manje (Mansi) Township, southern Manmaw (Bhamo) District at Kha Chin Village, near Mabein, in Kachin State, northern Burma.
The KIA also captured at least three guns. A KIA soldier, Lance corporal La Tawng was killed by Burmese troops after the KIA fighter was captured with his gun during the clash.
3) 19th July, 2011
The IDP/Refugees were being moved to safer places by KIO due to the intensifying conflict between KIA and Burmese Army. Burmese Army is preparing for full-scale attack and the reinforcement from lower part of Burma have been arriving these days in different parts of Kachin State, near the KIA headquarters, including, near the KIA Brigade (4) based inside Shan State.
3) 20th July, 2011
30 of Burmese army trucks full loaded with soldiers were stationed at Muse golf field in Shan state.
4) 20th July, 2011
The Burmese Army convoy was ambushed attack by KIA battalion (3) near the Bum Tawng Yang, between Chi Hpwe and Wa Shaung road. Four Burmese Army soldiers were killed and two guns were seized by KIA. Many porters were seen in the conflict zone, coming with Burmese Army convoy. (6) Porters were being detained by KIA after they ran into KIA soldiers.
Sinbo based, Burmese Army soldiers camping at Kachin village namely Ku Yang village, near Madi Yang village on the Myitkyina-Bamo road raped (10) Kachin women, including (60) years old woman and (14) years old, teenage girl.
5) 20th July, 2011
A Dabak river bridg, over 40 feet long concrete-metal bridge connecting Katsu and Gara Yang village had been blown up by KIA last night, around midnight. Any kind of vehicles could not pass through it. It was the main bridge, connecting the Laiza, KIO headquarter.
6) 21th July, 2011
Alliance of ethnic armed groups SSA and KIA are fighting together against offensive Burmese military No.130 in the area of KIA battalion (8), Mung Mau region, Shan State. Men and youths from the surrounding villages ran away into the forests in order to escape from Burmese troops forcing them deliberately to do porter and placing them in the battle front lines as a human shield. Women and children left in the villages are being arrested and brought into the Burmese Army bases as porters, and some women were being raped and killed brutally. Until now no one has heard of their return yet.