Women injured in Kachin mine blast

Tun Lin Aung
A car damaged by a mine blast (Photo-Tun Lin Aung)

Two women were injured when a mine exploded near their car on the Mogaung-Hpakant road on July 7, sources say.

The army blocked the road temporarily and found another mine nearby.

One victim said: “The blast occurred when our car drove past. We are travelling to Hpakant. My niece has injuries in both legs. She has not been operated on yet. She is in Myitkyina hospital.”

Captain Aye Kyu, head of Mogaung Township police, said: “The mine was controlled by a remote device. The car is ruined. We found another mine 100 feet away. The army cleared it. The army assume the Kachin Independence Army laid the mines.”

The road closure caused long queues.

A skirmish between the army and the KIA occurred near a bridge on the Mogaung-Hpakant road on July 6.