KIA ad­mits to am­bush­ing po­lice con­voy en route to Hpakant

The Myanmar Times - - News - YE MON yeemon­tun@mm­

THE Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army has ad­mit­ted to am­bush­ing a po­lice con­voy on Au­gust 8 in an at­tack that wounded nine of­fi­cers.

KIA spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Colonel Naw Bu al­leged that the po­lice con­voy con­sisted of mili­tia and mil­i­tary troops. He added that re­newed fight­ing has erupted along the Moekaung-Hpakant high­way, where the am­bush was staged, and that the Tat­madaw and the KIA have been ex­chang­ing fire.

“It is not an un­usual at­tack be­cause there is fight­ing in the area,” he told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day.

How­ever, the Kachin State po­lice dis­puted the KIA’s ac­count. Po­lice Lieu­tenant Colonel Myo Thura Naung said that over 200 peo­ple were in the con­voy headed for Hpakant, where they were be­ing de­ployed for se­cu­rity. He added that six peo­ple were in­jured in the at­tack, not the nine claimed by the KIA.

“The in­jured peo­ple didn’t suf­fer se­ri­ously. They will re­cover soon,” said Pol Lt Col Myo Thura Naung. “We plan to send an­other se­cu­rity force to Hpakant. The mil­i­tary will now have to take charge of se­cu­rity for the po­lice force con­voy.”

Ac­cord­ing to the KIA, a se­ries of clashes be­tween the Tat­madaw and the KIA be­gan on Au­gust 8 around Shaduzup vil­lage in Tanai town­ship.

Over 800 civil­ians fled the vil­lage to Tanai town, and are in need of food and med­i­cal sup­plies, a lo­cal vol­un­teer said.

Ko Mar Nuu, the vol­un­teer as­sist­ing dis­placed vil­lagers, said that while some peo­ple re­turned to their homes yes­ter­day, more than 500 are still in the town be­cause they are afraid of fur­ther fight­ing.

Tat­madaw mouth­piece Myawady re­ported that clashes also oc­curred on Au­gust 7 near Laiza, the KIA’s head­quar­ters.

On Au­gust 8, State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Com­man­derin-Chief Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing met in Nay Pyi Taw, where talk­ing points in­clud­ing the on­go­ing clashes in Shan and Kachin states.

Colonel Naw Bu yes­ter­day said the KIA would wel­come a meet­ing with the state coun­sel­lor and the com­man­der-in-chief.

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