In the civil war in Kachin State, Northern Burma, which has been continuing for five-months now, 16 Burmese Army soldiers were killed on Wednesday in two clashes in Ga Ra Yang village by the Kachin Independence Army, said frontline sources.
At least 10 Burmese Army soldiers were killed in Lung Zep Kawng and six more were killed in the fighting inside the village, eyewitnesses told Kachin News Group.
The dead Burmese soldiers were from Waingmaw-based Infantry Battalion No. 58 and Namti-based Light Infantry Battalion No. 390. They were sent to the Ga Ra Yang frontline, said KIA officers in the Ga Ra Yang frontline.
Burmese troops have been resisted by the local People’s Army fighters and KIA troops in the militarily strategic village on Myitkyina-Manmaw (Bhamo) Road in eastern Kachin State.
In October, government troops attacked Kachin soldiers with unidentified chemical weapons more than three times, said Kachin fighters, who suffered effects of the poison gas for hours together.