Burma Army attacks Kachin and Shan villagers and a Kachin IDP camp; over 1,800 people displaced.

11 April 2014
Kachin State, Burma

On 10 April 2014, the Burma Army launched infantry attacks, supported with mortar fire, against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions in the La Gat Yang and Man Win areas along the Kachin-Shan border southwest of Nam Kham town. The attacks lasted from 10:00 until 20:00 hours.

Burma Army soldiers from Military Operation Command (MOC) 16, Division 88, and Light Infantry Battalions (LIB) 622 and 588 conducted multiple attacks in the Lat Gat Yang area, including the following areas:

  • Nawng Luk/Nawng Lum
  • Lahkum Pa
  • Nam Hka
  • Lagat Daw
  • Kyak Hpra

The attacks extended to less than one kilometer from the Lagat Yang Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp, driving away over 800 IDPs. Over 1,000 Shan villagers have fled to the China border.

The Kachin IDPs in the Lagat Yang site have now been attacked multiple times by the Burma Army. From November to December 2013, many of these families fled to Lagat Yang from Nam Lim Pa (see FBR reports from November and December 2013, and January and February 2014) following Burma Army attacks there. Kachin Light (WPN) and other relief organizations are doing their best to respond to this situation.

Thank you and God bless you,

Kachin Free Burma Rangers