Injangyan, 23 December

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has taken control of two more military outposts in Kachin without firing a single shot, while offensives are targeting regime camps across the country.

The KIA has captured two camps in Inkhargar village and Inkhargar town that were abandoned by the junta army in November and December.

On December 18, regime forces stationed in Inkhargar village, Machanbaw township, Putao district, Kachin state, left the camp for fear of being attacked, KIA spokesperson Naw Bu told Than Lwin Times.

He added that they deserted the camps just as we were about to launch an offensive against those camps. They also sold rice and salt, and no military equipment was left behind.

Soldiers and local militiamen are stationed at Inkhargar village, a strategic location along the Ayeyarwaddy River and home to the KIA’s Battalion 7 under Brigade 5.

The village was a regional development area during the ceasefire between the military regime and the KIA in 1990, and since then, the army has occupied the area and there have been frequent clashes, said Colonel Naw Bu.

But in Machanbaw, the military council did not withdraw or leave their bases.

Inkhargar village is a two-hour boat ride away from Machanbaw town, and it can only be reached by water route, and the junta camp in that village has been burned down by the KIA, according to local outlets.

On November 21, troops in the camps based in Injanyang Township above Myitsone, Myitkyina District, left the camp.

Among the camps were Infantry Battalion 40, the outpost at 16th Mile, the Gway Htaung outpost, and police station, which has been based there for decades.

There is currently no ground battle between the junta army and the KIA in Kachin State, and they are just monitoring each other, according to Colonel Nor Bu.

The KIA has been targeting military bases in Sagaing and Northern Shan State, and on December 20, the KIA captured the important Nam Khaing bridge camp between Kutkhaing and Namphatkar villages in Northern Shan State.

News-Than Lwin Times

Photo – KIA/Kachin News

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