Fighting near Laiza

11 August 2016
Fighting near Laiza
Laiza, Kachin State. Map: Google

A skirmish broke out between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) near the armed group’s Laiza headquarters on 7 August.
After the Myanmar Army sent troops from the Shadan Pa banana plantation in Nam San Yang to Bandawng Kahtawng on the Myitkyina-Bhamo Road—on the way to Laiza—fighting started in JaIng Yang at 3 pm, lasting one hour.
According to an unconfirmed news report, a Myanmar Army lieutenant was killed and 9 government soldiers sustained injuries from the clash.
After the new National League for Democracy government took office in April the Myanmar Army launched a series of offensives to clear KIA troops from between the Irrawaddy River and Myitkyina-Bhamo Road in Waingmaw Township in eastern Kachin State.
Courtesy BNI