Kachin forces capture military camp outside jade-rich town of Hpakant

The KIA and Kachin PDF seize a military post southwest of the Kachin State town weeks after their initial attack on the site

Joint forces belonging to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Kachin Region People’s Defence Force (Kachin PDF) took over a Myanmar army camp near the jade mining town of Hpakant in Kachin State on Saturday, members of the coalition said. 

The KIA and Kachin PDF launched an attack on the military’s hill post and police station in Hway Hkar village, 13 miles southwest of Hpakant, on January 6, setting fire to the station that day but abandoning the camp after the junta launched several airstrikes. 

The camp remained out of reach until the armed groups struck the site again on January 18. Fighting continued for two days until the military abandoned it on Saturday morning, a member of the Hpakant chapter of the Kachin PDF. . .

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