KIA retakes police station amid fierce clashes in southern Kachin State

As many residents of Mansi and Momauk flee to Bhamo to escape the fighting, others trapped in the towns are facing hunger and junta airstrikes

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and its allies regained control of a police station in the southern Kachin State town of Mansi on Monday as fighting in the area continues.

The KIA-led forces have been engaging in fierce battles with Myanmar’s military for over a week in Mansi and Momauk townships, both part of the state’s southernmost Bhamo District.

The latest clashes began on May 7, when the anti-regime groups launched coordinated attacks in both townships, ultimately retaking the police station in Mansi and one in the village of Sin Khan, according to KIA information officer Col. Naw Bu.

“We have reclaimed control of the Mansi police station but the battles are still ongoing and the tension is still rising in Momauk and Mansi,” he told Myanmar Now on Tuesday.

The KIA had previously captured the police station in Mansi, but was forced to retreat due. . .

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