Army and KIA clash in Hpakant

A skirmish between the army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has been reported near a bridge on the Hpakant-Mogaung road on July 6.

The clash lasted a few minutes and no casualties were reported, said Lamai Khun Jar from the Peace Creation Group (PCG).

“The KIA said the army opened fire on its soldiers who were crossing the road. There were no casualties. It was not reported to the union peace groups because it was not deemed important enough,” he said.

Drivers were concerned and the road was temporarily blocked.

The army and KIA fought near Nansanyan village from June 25 to July 3 with casualties reported on both sides.

The Daily Eleven was refused a comment from the Northern Command.