Burma Army Attack Kills 23 Cadets – “Unprovoked,” says Kachin Group
An artillery attack against the Kachin Independence Army’s Military Academy, that left at least 23 officer cadets dead and a further 20 injured, was unprovoked and endangers the push for a nationwide peace agreement, a Kachin advocacy organisation has asserted.
A statement by the Kachin Alliance, a network of Kachin community organisations based in the United States, condemned the attack as “heinous and cowardly.”
“The attack [was] unprovoked and deliberate, and is in blatant violation of the agreement reached between the government and the KIO, to de-escalate military tensions,” the Kachin Alliance said.
Free Burma Rangers, an organisation that delivers frontline humanitarian assistance to Burma’s conflict zones, said that the artillery attack occurred on 12:15pm, November 19 at the KIA’s military academy, not far from Laiza city. FBR added that Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 390 fired the 105mm artillery shells….