Shelling Injures Family In Hpakant

In an attack on the Kachin Independence Army and the People’s Defence Force in Hpakant Township, a mother and her daughter were seriously injured by junta fire.

The military fired an artillery shell from its camp in San Kywe at Seng Tawng (also called Seik Muu village) after Kachin groups attacked the soldiers in the village on 5 March, where about 50 had been staying since the coup.

A local source, who requested anonymity, said 50-year-old Daw Khin Mar and her 10-year-old daughter were receiving medical treatment for their injuries. He said the fighting lasted only 20 minutes and it was unclear if there were casualties on either side.

Locals said the military entered Seng Tawng to use the civilians as cover. Previously, soldiers abducted some of them and shelled the area indiscriminately.

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