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Assault on train leaves three injured in Kachin state

Three people were reportedly injured when the Mandalay-Myitkyina freight train was struck by an explosive and hit with gunfire in Kachin state’s Mohnyin township this morning.

A resident in Mohnyin told DVB the train was assaulted around 1:15am this morning close to Namma train station.

“First, we heard the mine explosion, and then gunshots followed. We are not sure whether the shots were fired from just one side or both. According to unconfirmed news, three people were injured and sent to Mohnyin Hospital,” said the resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A doctor at Mohnyin hospital said the injured arrived at the facility shortly after the attack.

“They had shattered glass fragments in their faces – one individual had it in his right eye and he was transferred to Myitkyina Hospital,” said the doctor.

Police in Mohnyin confirmed the incident occurred but were unable to disclose further details. It remains unclear who carried out the attack.

The Mandalay-Myitkyina railway route is currently closed down.

There’s been ongoing fighting in the restive state since a 17-year ceasefire broke down last year between the government and the Kachin Independence Army.


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