KIA mounts new offensive, targeting air base, outposts near Myitkyina and Laiza

The group and its allies carried out a series of coordinated attacks early Thursday morning, according to its spokesperson

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) says it carried out a series of coordinated attacks near the Kachin State capital Myitkyina and elsewhere in the state early Thursday morning as part of a new offensive against Myanmar’s military.

The attacks targeted an airbase near Myitkyina and outposts near Laiza, a town on the Chinese border that serves as the KIA’s headquarters, according to the group’s spokesperson, Col. Naw Bu.

Military positions along the major Myitkyina-Bhamo road, which runs west of Laiza, were also hit, he added. Among those targeted were outposts in the towns of Waingmaw and Dawphoneyan, used by the regime to control the road and fire heavy artillery into Laiza.

Sources in Kachin State told Myanmar Now that the KIA and its allies used portable rocket launchers to fire 107mm shells at the airbase near Myitkyina.

Retaliatory shelling by regime forces hit a nearby camp. . .

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