Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and People’s Defense Force (PDF) successfully seized the regime’s Kai Htip camp in Mansi Township a day after initiating an attack.
The camp, situated between Mansi and Mang Weing towns in Bhamo District, Kachin State, housed soldiers from Infantry Battalion 102 under the State Administration Council (SAC). It was the largest junta camp in the region.
On January 28 in the afternoon, KIA’s battalions 27 and 1, under Brigade 3, along with PDF troops, used a drone and artillery to attack the camp. Burma army soldiers were unable to defend their camp and abandoned it in the evening, as reported by an anonymous KIA soldier. By the following day, the Kachin forces had completely occupied the camp.
“There are no Burma army camps remaining along the Mansi – Mang Weing Gyi road. Burma army soldiers have already abandoned the Kyauk Hpyar camp between Kai Htip and Mang Weing Gyi camps,” said Col Naw Bu, communications officer for KIA’s political wing, the Kachin Independence Organisation. He suspects that the enemy fled to another camp located on a strategic hilltop near Magi Gon.
The armed groups had earlier seized SAC’s Mang Weing Gyi camp located on the border of Shan and Kachin states on January 21.
As the conflict in the township escalated due to ongoing attacks on SAC installations, soldiers under the regime have begun rounding up civilians in the town of Bhamo.