SEVEN people were taken captive by members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) from a village in Hpakant Township, Kachin State, on 29 April. The motive for the kidnappings has not been confirmed.
On hearing the news, government troops, together with a local people’s militia, faced 13 engagements with the KIA during the effort to clear their hideouts in the area from 1 to 10 May. The army seized various ammunition during the raids on the KIA’s training school and five hideouts.
KIA troops detonated mines in residential areas in the township and fired heavy artillery and grenades at army bases and police stations during the Tatmadaw operations. The attacks caused damage to the township, leaving one woman dead.
The KIA freed 5 people on 2 May, and two are still held in captivity.