Two members of the Kachin Independence Military (KIA) are useless and two wounded after a Individuals’s Militia Drive (PMF) attacked their camp close to a gold mine positioned in an space managed by KIA Battalion 14 (Brigade 2) on the Tanai – Lido street.
On Monday morning, 18 July, the San Pya PMF led by Min Zin Thant beneath the Burma Military (BA) Infantry Battalion (IB) 297 attacked Kanwe Thu’s camp, in response to an nameless man from Jahtu Zup village who maintains affiliations with the group.
“They arrived with two autos to assault the KIA camp…I additionally heard that there have been solely seven KIA troopers stationed in Kanwe Thu,” he defined.
“I believe the PMF needs to regulate gold mining within the space despite the fact that it’s in KIA territory.”
Roughly, fifty BA troopers took half within the offensive, the primary time the PMF launched an assault on the KIA close to Jahtu Zup. The group relies in San Pya, Hpakant Township, and IB 297 is in Jahtu Zup.
Since June, the group has blocked 4 roads to Jahtu Zup, San Pya and Awng Ra villages, all of that are related to KIA territory.
In Could, KIA troopers set fireplace to 2 excavators belonging to Min Zin Than. A couple of days later, the PMF chief known as about 30 native gold merchants to his camp and warned them that his males would shoot anybody who bought meals or different items to Kanwe Thu camp.
One other native, who requested anonymity, informed KNG that Min Zin Thant was offended in regards to the assault in Jahtu Zup and had informed contributors on the assembly that he’d block the street to the camp beginning on 1 June.
”He threatened to shoot at any automobile utilizing that street” and in addition to dam all different main roads resulting in the camp.
In response to one more villager additionally asking that his title not be talked about, the KIA stopped gold mining within the space since October final yr, however the PMF was nonetheless utilizing the excavators to mine the dear steel in Jahtu Zup. The KIA determined to take motion towards the PMF final autumn after residents complained of extortion and assault by their troopers on the checkpoints to the mining blocks.