KIA captures trade hub on China-Myanmar border

The Kachin armed group has suspended border trade in the town of Lwegel, one of five major hubs of the China-Myanmar border trade, but will allow it to resume in the coming weeks, a KIA spokesperson said

Kachin Independence Army (KIA) fighters took full control of the border town of Lwegel (Lweje or Loi Je) in Kachin State’s Momauk Township on Monday, according to the Kachin armed group’s spokesperson. 

Footage posted on social media showed that a KIA flag was already hoisted over the China-Myanmar border by April 5. 

However, KIA spokesperson Col. Naw Bu told Myanmar Now on Tuesday that the group had only taken full control after pushing the army’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 142 out of the town, located on Kachin State’s border with China’s Yunnan Province, the previous day. 

“Junta troops from Light Infantry Battalion 142 abandoned their base yesterday. We don’t know where they are heading but we are pursuing them. The town is under the full control of the KIA,” Col. Naw Bu said. 

He added that between March 27. . .

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