Thursday, May 10, 2012

More gov’t troops die in road bombings: KIA

Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:15 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – The road from Bhamo (Manmaw) to Loije in Kachin State continues to be the scene of major clashes between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and government troops, according to KIA officials.

On Monday, a series of bombs on the road killed up to 40 government soldiers, the KIA claimed. A similar attack on Sunday killed up to 30 soldiers, it said. The claims could not be verified.

KIA officials and local residents told the Kachin News Group that all civilian travel along the Bhamo to Loije road has been blocked since April by the KIA. The road to Loije is usually heavily traveled due to the town's importance as a major trading center with China.

Fighting between the Burmese army and the KIA has continued since the two sides met for peace talks at the Chinese border city of Ruili (Shweli) in early March. The talks ended without a cease-fire.

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