On Saturday morning, Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops seized a Military Council camp in Kachin State near Namsan Yang, where approximately 50 enemy soldiers were stationed.
An anonymous frontline KIA officer reported that they captured the Lailum Aung Ja camp, named after the village, by 8 am. Shortly after, they came under attack from jet fighters. The first plane dropped two bombs, and the second one strafed the area with machine gun fire. As of the time of this report, ongoing fighting made it difficult to obtain specific information about casualties and other details.
A man from Dawt Hpung Yang town, who spoke to KNG on the condition of anonymity, mentioned the air attacks and artillery fire, saying, “I heard that a clash broke out in the Namsan Yang area, which is a bit far from here.”
Only a creek separates Lailum Aung Ja and Namsan Yang, with both villages located along the Myitkyina – Bhamo road.
Despite the Military Council’s offensive, which began in June, their attempts to capture the Namsan Yang area near the Kachin group’s Laiza headquarters have failed. In an effort to recover from these setbacks, the regime has mobilized a substantial force from Bhamo and Myitkyina. However, even after two months, these troops remain unable to penetrate the area after frequent ambushes by the KIA. At the same time, the Kachin forces have effectively pinned down the Burma army and started taking control of their camps.