Monday, August 27 — Burmese government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) clashed in Mayan, the railway station village between Namti and Myitkyina in northern Burma’s Kachin State.
The five-hour fight occurred at night between Burmese Army Artillery Battalion No. 372 and KIA Battalion 11 at the bridge checkpoint near the village, according to locals. The houses in the military base were partially damaged by the KIA’s attack, said eyewitnesses. A mother of two suffered a leg injury when she was hit by a bullet amidst the fighting. She is currently being treated at the Myitkyina hospital.
The artillery battalion was established in the village in 2004, before the 17-year ceasefire was terminated and fighting broke out between Burma’s government and the KIA last June.