Junta forces captured the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) camp outside Jahtu Zup village after bombarding it with air strikes and sending hundreds of troops. However, the Kachin soldiers knew that an attack on their camp on the Lido Road in Hpakant Township was imminent and had abandoned it several days earlier.
One local told the KNG that he witnessed three fighter jets attacking the camp at around 11am on Monday 12 September.
“We could see huge plumes of smoke from afar.” After that, about 300 BA and ground troops of the People’s Militia arrived to destroy the KIA’s Wa Hka camp in Kachin State.
According to reports, the fighting continued until 2pm, with Infantry Battalion 297 firing artillery at the KIA soldiers from Jahtu Zup, which is about six miles from the camp.
The junta is likely to continue its attack on KIA Brigade 2 (Battalion 14) after capturing its camp, the source said. Sporadic fighting has been taking place in the area for three months.