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Burmese gov’t troops killed in bombings: KIA

(Mizzima) – Kachin Independence Army guerillas planted bombs on a road between Bhamo (Manmaw) and Nam Hkam in southern Kachin State, killing an estimated 12 Burmese army soldiers on Sunday in two separate explosions, according to unverified reports.

KIA troops in Kachin State.  Photo: MizzimaThe government military column was made up of soldiers from Light Infantry Division No. 99, according to KIA officials.

The first series of explosions took place at Kyauk Phya about 7 a.m., followed by a second round of explosions around 11 a.m. at Sha-U Hkyet, witnesses told the Kachin News Group. Reports of dead or injured could not be officially confirmed.

The twin attacks were carried out by units from KIA Battalion 1 and 27 based in Manje (or Mansi) township in Bhamo District, said a KIA officer stationed in Southern Kachin state. No KIA personnel were injured or killed in the attack, he said.

Casualty figures cannot be verified, but some reports say government forces may have sustained several thousand soldiers killed since renewed fighting began in June 2011. Cease-fire talks between the two sides have broken down.
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