Burma Army Incursions Disrupt Daily Life in Northern Burma
17 October 2019
Army Crimes Against Civilians
Mohnyin Township (Kachin State)
On Sept. 29 at 1230 hrs, four Burmese policemen were arrested by elements of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) 335th Battalion in the vicinity of Namsa Village on charges of extorting money from cattle traders in the area. The policemen were on motorcycles and identified as Second Lieutenant Tin Soe, Sergeant Soe Tet Nai and Corporal Kyaw Min Htaik and another man from Mungji Police Station. A pistol and two hand grenades were recovered from those arrested.
On Sept. 28, a Burma Army element of approximately 80 troops, from Infantry Battalion (IB) 105, confiscated mining equipment that was being operated without permits in the vicinity of Namsi Awng and Nam Hta Kawng. The seizure was reportedly ordered by the Northern Command Base.
Hpakant Township (Kachin State)
On Sept. 27 at 1930 hrs, Ku Ta (male, 16) and Hkaw Ta (male, 20) from Block 4, Mawtit Kung Village, were injured when they were caught in a landslide in the Gwihka jade mining area.
Significant Military Actions
Theinni Township (Northern Shan State)
On Sept. 6 at 0700 hrs, a combined force of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), TNLA and Arakan Army (AA) troops exchanged fire with Burma Army troops in the vicinity of Kawng Hkam Bum (47Q MF 35300 82000).
Kutkai Township (Northern Shan State)
On Sept. 24 at 0530 hrs, exchanges of fire occurred in the vicinities of Kuthkai, Loi Sam Sip Bum, and Lagaw Paju villages between a TNLA element of 200 soldiers and an estimated 70 Burma Army soldiers from IB 45 (under LID 99). The TNLA element was from 113th Battalion under 5th Brigade.
On Sept. 21 at 0715 hrs, elements of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) 9th Battalion exchanged fire with Burma Army elements in the vicinity of Nawng Jang Hkyet.
On Sept. 18 at 1300 hrs, approximately 60 Burma Army soldiers from LID 99 exchanged fire with an estimated 40 MNDAA soldiers from 5th Brigade at Ura Bum (a Lisu village).
On Sept. 17 between 0730-0800 hrs, an estimated 80 Burma Army soldiers from LID 99 were conducting a troop movement from Loi Byi Village (LF 785573) were attacked by TNLA 666th Battalion at the head of Loi Bang Yang Village.
On Sept. 16 at 1400 hrs, an element of approximately 60 Burma Army soldiers from LID 99 clashed with elements of the MNDAA at Bang Um Bum above Banggai Ja Maw.
On Sept. 14, Burma Army soldiers located in Ma Dung (47Q LF 08300 71300) discharged 5 shells (unidentified mortars or artillery).
On Sept. 14, between 1200-1600 hrs, an estimate 100 Burma Army troops from LID 101 exchanged fire with TNLA soldiers in the vicinity of Da Wu Village.
On Sept. 13 between 1300-1330 hrs, Burma Army soldiers from LID 101 coming from Nam Hkri (47Q LF 07700 43400) were ambushed between Nam Hkri and Tawng Yu Hpaya by elements of the TNLA 4th Brigade.
On Sept. 13, Burma Army soldiers located in Ma Dung (47Q LF 08300 71300) discharged five shells (unidentified mortars or artillery).
On Sept. 13, two Myanmar Air Force fighters engaged elements of the TNLA in Kutkai Township with airstrikes.
On Sept. 9 at 1100 hrs, Burma Army troops exchanged fire with TNLA troops in the vicinity of Hpawawm Dahti Village.
On Sept. 7 at 0930 hrs, Burma Army elements from Light Infantry Division (LID) 99 coming from Loihkri Village (47Q KF 71800 33000) exchanged fire with TNLA troops between Loihkri and Mung Ngaw.
Muse Township (Northern Shan State)
On Sept. 19 at 0500 hrs, a Burma Army element of around 60 troops from LID 99 were enroute from Hpawng Seng when they attacked an MNDAA position (estimated 20 troops) in the vicinity of Bang Satai Village.