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Published on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 22:24
The injured child seen at Myitkyina Hospital on December 4 Photo – Tun Linn Aung (Myitkyina)
Several people were injured during skirmishes between government forces and members of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern Myanmar early this month.
According to locals, the conflicts began November 27 and continued till December 3 along the Namatti-Tanai motorway.
The troops were heading to Tanai Township on December 3 when the KIA men ambushed them.
The two groups later locked in clashes on the major trading ways.
Hla Shwe, a local, said he heard gunfire a few minutes after seeing about 40 military vehicles moving to Tanai.
“We crouched down on the ground. My son was injured this time as he bent down on a mound,” said he said.
“The farmers who were reaping paddy were also targeted.”
A six-year-old schoolboy and a 48-year old woman received bullets in another skirmish the same day.
“The clashes are happening every day. Despite the risks, we have to hit the roads. Otherwise, we have to starve,” said a lorry driver.