Friday, May 4, 2012

Drugs found in abandoned gov’t post: KIA

Friday, 04 May 2012 13:31 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Burmese government troops left behind “a large quantity” of amphetamine drug tablets at a recently abandoned army post near Laiza, according to Kachin Independence Army (KIA) officers.

Pipes used for smoking amphetamines found at a former Burmese army post in Laja Yang village near Laiza in Kachin State. Photo: KNG

The government post at Laja Yang, just outside Laiza, the KIA headquarters area, also had a collection of homemade pipes made from plastic water bottles, KIA officers said, claiming it was proof of widespread drug use by government troops.

The KIA said the post was abandoned on April 26 following heavy fighting, according to an article on Thursday on the website.

A senior KIA commander based in the Mai Ja Yang area told the Kachin News Group that many government soldiers appeared to be taking needless risks during battles, indicating they were high on drugs.

The KIA officer said soldiers wouldn't charge directly at a well-defended KIA position unless they were under the influence of something that affected their judgment.

On Thursday, six government military posts were destroyed in Man Mau village  after KIA troops deliberately set them on fire, said a KIA officer who serves in the village.

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