Myanmar junta loses more bases in Kachin State to KIA, allies

Serious fighting has been reported across a wide area of the state as part of a new anti-regime offensive that began late last week

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and its allies have captured nearly a dozen major bases in Kachin State since late last week, according to the group’s spokesperson, Col. Naw Bu.

Attacks carried out as part of a new offensive that began on March 7 have targeted military positions near the state capital Myitikyina, as well as in Putao and Sumprabum townships to the north, Bhamo and Momauk townships to the south, Waingmaw Township to the east, and Hpakant Township to the west.

Major clashes have also broken out near the Myitkyina-Bhamo highway west of Laiza, the town on the Chinese border where the KIA’s headquarters are located, according to Naw Bu.

Junta bases on the Khara and Bum Re hills about four miles west of Laiza. . .

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