On Thursday evening soldiers from the Burmese army stationed along the border with China, shot and killed a Chinese civilian despite the fact that he was on the Yunnan side of the Sino-Burmese border, the Kachin News Group has learned.
According to the dead man's relatives, Lahpai Zau Lawn, an ethnic Kachin (Jingpo) from Loi Lung Bum village in Yunnan was shot repeatedly by soldiers from a nearby Burmese army base located on Mu
Bum mountain. The incident happened at about 7 pm Burmese standard time.
A source close to Chinese border authorities who investigated the incident said that Burmese soldiers removed the deceased's body in an apparent attempt to cover up the killing. Blood stains and some shrapnel were however left at the scene.
According to sources on the ground the soldiers who carried out the attack on Zau Lawn were stationed at Mu Bum base and are from the Shwenyaungpyin-based Light Infantry Battalion No. 321 under Northern Regional Command.
Also near Mu Bum base on Thursday, Lei Son, a 60-year ethnic Chinese from Loije was shot and killed by Burmese military reinforcements as they entered his town.
On October 28, Sumlut Roi Ja, 28-year old Kachin woman from Hkai Bang village was abducted by Burmese soldiers from the Mu Bum base. Her abduction occurred as she and her family, were harvesting corn on Mu Bum mountain. Sumlut Roi's husband and father in law were able to get away from the soldiers. Her current whereabouts remain unknown.
Villagers in the Mu Bum area from both the Burmese and Chinese side of the border say they are very afraid of being wounded or killed by the Burmese troops. The area has witnessed an upsurge in violence over the past few weeks as the Burmese army continues to wage an offensive against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).