September Clash Account (Kachin State and Northern Shan State)
Clashes – 61
Burma Army Jet (Attack) – 2
Burma Army Jet (Recon) – 13
Burma Army Helo (Attack) – 3
Burma Army Helo (Recon) – 5
Burma Army Killed – 12
Burma Army Wounded – 10
Kachin Independence Army Tortured – 2
Kachin Independence Army Killed – 3
Kachin Independence Army Injured – 16
Ta’ang National Liberation Front Killed – 1
***The figures above are limited to reports from FBR teams and do not represent the totality of military battles, supply, or human rights abuses perpetrated by the Burma Army.
Message from Free Burma Rangers Leadership:
If Burma (Myanmar) is now a democracy, why is the army still attacking the people?
There was a relatively free and fair election that resulted in the pro-democratic National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi winning in a landslide. However, underneath this layer of a democratically elected government is a deep layer of continuing military authority. The NLD leads the government but they do not control the military. This is one of the reasons why Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD have not been able to stop the Burma Army from their continued attacks against ethnic peoples.
The military runs the Ministry of Defense, Home Affairs and Border Affairs. They also have an automatic 25% of seats in Parliament and control much of the economy in Burma. While there are many positive changes in Burma, and hope for more change, the military still calls their own shots and still shoots.
Thank you for praying with us for freedom, justice and reconciliation for all people in Burma.
God bless you, Dave, family and all of FBR
Burma Army Attack Against Kachin Independence Army Post
At 0645 on 15 September the Burma Army fired four mortar rounds at Nawhpyu Post from their Hkaya Bum position near Laiza, Waingmaw Township. The rounds struck around the post while KIA soldiers were preparing their breakfast in the post kitchen. One round did not explode and one round landed beyond the post. One round landed in front of the post. The last round landed near the post kitchen, injuring five KIA soldiers. The injuries sustained by the mortar blast range from shrapnel taken beneath, above, and in the soldier’s eyes. Other soldiers were hit on their hands, abdomens and on their backs.
Burma Army OFFENSIVE against Nhkram Gidawn Post and Lai Hpawng Post (Waingmaw Township)
This recent offensive by the Burma Army against Nhkram Gidawn Post and Lai Hpawng Post comes whilst Burma’s political elite are hosting the Panglong Peace Conference. During that conference the Burma Army has launched a military offensive against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Nhkram Gidawn Post and Lai Hpawng Post. The strategic significance of the two posts comes from the ability to shell toward neighboring Laisin Hill and other posts in the vicinity. The post in on the high ground which offers any group who controls it a strategic advantage in the area. Free Burma Rangers in the area added that the Burma Army indiscriminately shells civilian residential areas around the posts.
29 September – Burma Army Northern Command forces militia to fight
28 September – Burma Army Combined Assault
27 September – Indirect Mortar Fire
25 September – KIA Counter Attack
23 September – Burma Army Helicopter and Jet Attack
22 September – Burma Army Maintaining Pressure against Khkram Gidawn Post
21 September – Burma Army Reinforces and encloses KIA position
20 September – Burma Army continues month long push against posts
On 23 September at 1030 Shanni P.T.Ts (Burma Army-allied militia) leader Myo Min Tun from Nam Ya was shot 4 time from a pistol by two unknown persons. The victim is now at Mogoung hospital. Following this incident 30 Kachin youths from Nam Ya village have been detained and kept in Nam Ya Monastery. Two Shanni P.T.Ts leaders from Kamaing village ordered their subordinates to secretly kill and bury any one or two people if they are seen in the jungle, in Hpakant township, KIA No.6 Battalion under No.2 Brigade.
Northern Shan State
Kutkai Township – KIA No. 17 Headquarters Overrun
On 21 September at 0600 Burma Army troops of Infantry Battalion (IB) 291 raided KIA No.17 Battalion Headquarters from three sides – one group from Nam Jarap, one group from Jan Yang and another group from Gat Shang – resulting in the KIA soldiers decamping from the base in Kuthkai township in KIA No.4 Brigade area.
On 20 September at 1000 KIA soldiers from No.17 Battalion defended Gat Shang Post from a raid of an estimated 100 Burma Army troops from IB 291 coming from Pang Hak. Gat Shang Post is 1,200 meters distance from KIA No.17 Battalion Headquarters. The fighting lasted about 30 minutes. The post was decamped in Kuthkai township in KIA No.4 Brigade area.