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Myanmar military launches airstrikes on Laiza as KIA moves closer to Myitkyina

The attacks were prompted by the capture of a key junta base near Waingmaw, a town located next to the Kachin State capital

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) stronghold of Laiza was hit by airstrikes late Tuesday night, hours after the group and its allies captured a junta army battalion headquarters near the Kachin State capital Myitkyina.

There were no confirmed casualties from any of the three bombs dropped on Laiza at around 11pm on Tuesday, according to KIA information officer Col. Naw Bu.

“We’re still investigating to find out where they fell, as it happened so late at night,” he told Myanmar Now on Wednesday.

It was unknown if any of the bombs landed across the border in China. However, a video posted by local media outlet Kachin Waves appears to show warning flares being fired as junta aircraft approached Chinese territory.

The attacks began about three hours after the KIA-led forces took control of the Light Infantry Battalion 321 base near the village of Shwe Nyaungbin in Waingmaw Township. . .

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