One government soldier and four members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have been killed as fighting escalated in Hpakant, Kachin State, according to a senior officer from the Northern Command.
“Now the condition is stable. Government troops conducted an operation to fight KIA forces who abducted three policemen. The police officers were doing their duty to apply security to the region. The KIA’s action is unacceptable. Four KIA members were killed and we seized two guns. One solider was killed and three others were injured,” he said.