Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ambushed the Burma Army (BA) in Hpakant Township, starting with throwing landmines at the military column of one hundred soldiers, followed by gunfire. Fighting ensued in the township in Kachin State for several hours, according to a man who asked for his name not to be published.
The source told KNG that KIA battalion 44 (Brigade 9) attacked the column on a roadside near Yung Tawng village at 8:30 on August 2. He assumed the column, returning to Hpakant town from Karmine town when KIA ambushed it, suffered casualties.
Last month, KIA attacked BA near Gat Noi, Hkwan Seng Zup and Tantar Nyinawng villages in Hpakant Township. Consequentially, over 100 villagers from the three areas sought refuge in Seng Hpra village.
Since the military took over the country on February 1, there has been frequent fighting between KIA and BA in Kachin and northern Shan states.