Three Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers were unconscious for half-a-day on Thursday after being attacked with chemical weapons by Burmese Army troops, said eyewitnesses.
The KIA soldiers were unconscious till 10 p.m. from 10 a.m. Burma Standard Time after they were attacked by an unidentified poison gas by government troops, said KIA officers.
There was heavy fighting between the two sides on the KIA frontline post near Hpawmi Sa Ra from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in N’Mawk (Momauk) Township in Manmaw (Bhamo) district in Kachin State, said local people.
Villagers in the KIA-controlled area of Law Dan in the fighting zone said, over 50 Burmese soldiers were killed and many were injured during the clashes with the KIA. The Burmese soldiers attacked the KIA with chemical weapons.
There were no casualties among KIA soldiers. The unconscious KIA soldiers were brought from the frontline after the fighting ended, said a KIA officer, not willing to be named.
The KIA post fell to the Burmese Army after they attacked it and their positions with heavy artillery, said villagers of Law Dan.
According to KIA soldiers on the frontline, the red and white coloured smoke billowed after mortar shells loaded with poison gas exploded.
Similarly, Burmese troops attacked the KIA’s Battalion 15 troops with chemical weapons in Hpakawn in Sang Gang near Taping (Dapein) Dam, where the government has started a new war with the KIA on June 9, said KIA frontline sources.
Many KIA soldiers on the frontline became unconsciousness, suffered from continuous vomiting and extreme weakness, added KIA frontline sources.
KIA leaders in Laiza headquarters said Burmese soldiers are using chemical weapons because the ground troops cannot overrun KIA’s strong defense.