Shelling injures three civilians in northern Kachin State

Shelling injures three civilians in northern Kachin State

Three locals were injured on Sunday night when an unidentified artillery shell fell on a house in Naung Lone Kaung Yar village, in the northern Kachin State township of Tanai.

“The shell fell on the house of a resident named In’ Bwe in Naung Lone Kaung Yar village and injured a woman and her two sons,” said Lin Lin Oo, a member of Parliament’s Lower House representing Tanai.

“It killed three cows and injured three people,” he added.

“The injured persons were sent to Tanai General Hospital this morning and transferred to a military hospital in Tanai,” Naw Tawng, a Tanai Township resident, said on Monday. “The head of the military hospital took the injured persons to the hospital because he was afraid that there would be some difficulty treating the injuries at Tanai General Hospital. There are more facilities and medical staff at the military hospital.

“Naung Lone Kaung Yar village is located 10 miles away from Tanai town. It was too dark so that the residents did not know which direction the shell was shot from,” Naw Tawng continued.

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The Tanai native said in addition to the one shell that fell inside Naung Lone Kaung Yar on Sunday night, four others were heard outside the village.

“In this area, there have been clashes between Tatmadaw forces and the Kachin Independence Army [KIA] since 3 June,” Naw Tawng said. “Because of the clashes, 2,000 residents in Naung Kham village, in KIA-controlled territory, feel unsafe. However, the road to Tanai [town] was blocked and those residents were stuck there.”

Fighting between the Tatmadaw and KIA has flared with regularity since a 17-year bilateral ceasefire agreement broke down in 2011.

On Tuesday, peace advocates gathered at the Royal Rose Restaurant in the commercial capital Rangoon to mark six years since that accord collapsed. Some 100,000 civilians have been displaced due to the Kachin conflict over the past six years.

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