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Published on Sunday, 20 January 2013 10:42
Despite Myanmar government unilaterally declared ceasefire in Lajayan area of Kachin State, armed attacks between the military and the Kachin Independence Army still continued on Saturday, said local people.
An eight-point statement of government was broadcast on Friday evening to end the military operation against the Kachin rebels in the in Lajayan area, including its troops were instructed to act in self defence and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) was urged to take up the ceasefire as well.
However, locals said that the skirmishes are even escalating at Hpakan area where KIA’s Battalion(6) is based.
“Heavy weapons were fired into KIA’s Battalion(6) this afternoon,” a resident in Kansikhaw village of Hpakan area said to the Eleven Media at 5:30 pm on Saturday.
“Sounds of heavy weapons firing have been hearing since Friday. We are not sure which side is making attacks,” U Htu Naw, a local of Hpakan area said.
As both sides are reportedly increasing the number of their forces, local people are worrying about possible serious violence in their areas as in Lajayan.
“Government troops are still attacking Battalion (6) in Saturday afternoon. Skirmishes also happened at Brigade (3),” said Captain Joseph of KIA.
KIO made an announcement on Saturday that the government military should end their offensives not only in Lajayan area, but also at other spots across the state.
After the armed conflicts resumed, KIA seized jade mines in Hpakan area. The locals are worrying about the possible intensification of attacks during the exhibition season of jades and jewelries which is coming soon.
“President Office announced a halt of military offensive only in Lajayan area. It does not mean to end fighting in other areas. Attacks are being made at Brigade (2), (3) and (4),” said Captain Joseph.
KIA has six brigades based in Kachin State, and in northern and eastern areas of Shan State.