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Chaos Reigned in Northern Shan State Burma – Soldier of Fortune Magazine

Chaos Reigned in Northern Shan State Burma – Soldier of Fortune Magazine
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Chaos reigned in northern Shan State in September. A Burma Military commander threatened to kill everybody in Na Leng Village, the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and its armed wing, the Shan State Military-South (SSA-S), has been preventing Kachin, Ta’ang, and different Shan ethnic armies, and Burma Military assaults are growing post-rainy season. The result’s civilians being injured and killed, caught in the center of this complete struggle.

There have been no less than seven civilian and soldier deaths and 26 civilians and troopers injured in army battles in September. This preventing has displaced greater than 2,185 civilians in northern Shan State. The 26 army actions documented in September in Kachin and northern Shan states is a conservative account and one unique to Burma Military and ethnic armed group (EAO) troop-on-troop engagements, not troop-on-civilian assaults.

The army actions included three EAO landmine incidents and one account of a civilian injured by a landmine. The individual stepped on a landmine whereas foraging in the jungle in Waingmaw Township. Elsewhere in Waingmaw, the Burma Military laid landmines in three villages, displacing the remaining households and leaving the villages uninhabitable.

Numerous checkpoints alongside roads and rivers have been erected by Burma Military models and EAOs all through the month, severely impacting regulation and order and civilians’ sense of safety and justice. Seven of the ten checkpoints forcibly taxed civilians between Ks 2,000 to Ks 500,000.

Three of September’s battles occurred in Kachin State, and in earlier years Kachin often has extra intense preventing than in Shan State. Whereas battle areas in Burma could be unpredictable, the final seven years of preventing recommend assaults in Kachin State will improve.

Kutkai Township

Kutkai Township held probably the most clashes all through September, with single clashes occurring on the first, third, and 15th, 4 clashes on the 28th, and three clashes on the 29th, all totaling 10 troop-on-troop battles.

Burma Military Infantry Battalion (IB) 77 beneath Mild Infantry Division (LID) 88 battled on Sept. 1 with the TNLA at Man Sa Village in Kutkai Township, in line with KIA stories.

A serious battle occurred on the third when the TNLA was ambushed by Burma Military troopers hiding in a civilian’s house, killing 5 TNLA troopers immediately and wounding 15 others.

On Sept. 15 a conflict occurred between roughly 200 Burma Military troopers from LIDs 11 and 99 towards the Myanmar Nationwide Democratic Alliance Military (MNDAA).

Civilians Impacted By way of Damage, Displacement, Checkpoints, and Village Battles in Kutkai

The 29th held a collection of encounters between the Burma Military and EAOs that impacted civilians. TNLA troops erected roadblocks in Kutkai Township at zero400 in the morning and “taxed” automobiles between Ks 100,000 and Ks 500,000 from passenger automobiles and items provide automobiles.

A battle ensued on the checkpoints when two automobiles with Burma Military Pyitutsit (P.T.T.) militia troops arrived. One other battle occurred between Burma Military troops and police at Mung Baw Bridge. The Burma Military banned the Muse – Lashio street after the battles.

Elsewhere on the 29th, a battle occurred between Burma Military troopers and the TNLA at Pung Htun Man Ping Village in Kutkai Township that induced 185 civilians to flee to a Kachin Baptist Conference (KBC) church and Buddhist monastery at Sinli Village. A 19-year-old lady and two Kachin boys have been significantly wounded in the crossfire. One faculty, 4 Kachin homes, and one Chinese language home and automotive have been broken, catching hearth after Burma Military mortar rounds have been fired into the village.

On Oct. 1, villagers returned to their houses.

Theinni Township

On the 23rd, Burma Military Main Htet Aung Lin from LID 99 ordered villagers in Na Leng Village, Theinni Township, to the village Roman Catholic Mission (RCM) church to make an announcement: “KIA stays in this area. You support the KIA. The problems have erupted three times now. If the problem recurs, we [will] kill you all and burn down your houses. You must sign not to connect with KIA in future.” Burma Military troopers searched a number of villagers’ homes after the assembly.

On Sept. sixth, a battle occurred between two Burma Military models, LIB 418 and IB 79, and MNDAA models between Len Lin Village and Lau Yi Village in Theinni Township.
Later that day, between 1600-2100 hours, the mixed troops of TNLA and MNDAA clashed with the troops from LIB 418 and IB 79 between Len Lin Village and Lau Yi Village in Theinni Township. The next day at 1500, the Burma Military despatched its wounded troopers by a truck to Lashio hospital.

Civilians Impacted: Displacement

Over 2,000 villagers have been displaced on Sept. 1 when battles occurred between RCSS/SSA-S models towards the mixed TNLA, Shan State Military-North (SSA-N), and MNDAA models in the Mung Myit space. The villagers fled to the Mandung space to relative security. The RCSS/SSA-S has been lively over the past yr towards different EAOs, and the RCSS/SSA-S has acquired direct army help from the Burma Military towards EAOs, whereas additionally partaking the Burma Military in battle elsewhere.

Muse Township

There have been 5 Burma Military and EAO troop-on-troop battles in Muse Township on September 12th, 13th, 19th and 30th. Burma Military LID 11 engaged troopers from the Kachin Independence Military (KIA), Mungshawa Kanawn Mazum Hpung (MKM), a Kachin militia, the TNLA and the MNDAA.

On the 30th the KIA reported that 70 troopers from Burma Military LIB 218 underneath LID 11 attacked Mung Noi Bum Publish close to Kawng Lim Village, forcing the KIA to desert the publish.

Civilians Impacted – Checkpoint

On September sixth a Burma Military unit stationed at Kawng Sahti and Htai Kawng erected a checkpoint and forcibly searched automobiles, extorting Ks 2000 per truck in Muse Township.

Monyhin Township

On Sept. 28 a Burma Military IB 15 troop column stepped on a KIA landmine that wounded six Burma Military troopers.

Mansi Township

On Sept. 28 a Burma Military IB 78 group of troopers stepped on a KIA landmine close to Maji Gung Kaba in Mansi Township.

Waingmaw Township

On Sept. 10 Burma Military troopers from IB 259 stepped on a KIA landmine, injuring two troopers, who have been taken to a army hospital shortly after.

On Sept. 15 a civilian stepped on a landmine, from an unknown supply, and was wounded as he traveled to Nbu Kawng Hill in Waingmaw Township. Through the civilian’s remedy, Burma Military Army Operations Command (MOC) 2/IC second in cost Colonel Soe Hlaing visited the wounded man and gave him cash on the hospital. (This landmine incident was marked on the battle map with this report, nevertheless, it was not included as a army motion. The army motion quantity serves solely to measure armed forces battle.)

On the 16th, Burma Military troopers stationed at Hka Ya Bum laid landmines in Zi Kahtawng Village and Hka La Village round Nam San Yang. They banned individuals from going to and from the village and drove three households from the world. There are not any extra villagers in Nam San Yang now based on the KIA.

Danai Township

On Sept. sixth, Burma Military troopers from IB 297 stationed at Nawng Mi Village pressured civilians to restore the troopers’ base.  Because the pressured labor was in progress the troopers extorted cash from civilians as they handed the close by street.
On the 12th, Burma Military troopers from IB 238 arrested over 50 miners and confiscated their instruments in Mung Hkawm, Htang Bra mining space. The troopers tried to extort Ks 100,000 per individual to have their instruments returned and to be launched. On the 13th, at 1700, all of the civilians have been launched.

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