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Burmese government forces have captured a Kachin rebel outpost in Kar Mine, near the jade mining town of Hpakant.
La Nan, a spokesperson for the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), told DVB that troops from the Burmese army’s 5th Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) based in the village of Gongyi in Kar Mine Township, launched an assault with artillery support at the KIA outpost on 27 December.
“Government troops under the 5th LIB based in Gongyi captured a KIA outpost named Huay Kya in that area,” he said. “They shelled the camp ahead of an infantry advance, and our men were forced to withdraw.”
He said government forces had initiated a similar attack on 19 December when they raided a KIA outpost in Dawhpumyang village and captured two rebel Kachin fighters.
Fighting between the Burmese army and the KIA continues to rage despite an agreement to reduce fighting amid ongoing negotiations aimed at a ceasefire.
On 19 November, the Burmese army shelled a KIA training camp, killing 23 cadets belonging to various ethnic militias, further straining relations.