Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Three teenage boys died after being buried alive in a bunker

( From Kachinland News)

  Three teenage boys were buried alive when a bunker collapsed in Pa Kahtawng IDP camp in Maija-yang on Jan 15 at 1 pm. The teenage boys were playing inside the bunker when the soil surrounding the bunker collapsed and fell on them.

The three IDP children killed in this terrible incident are Labya Gam (age 13), Kareng Tu (age 11) and Lahpai Tu (age 12). Since the beginning of Burmese army’s aerial bombardments in mid December, IDP families living in various camps under KIO-controlled areas have been instructed to build their own bunkers by camp officials. IDP families built bunkers around their temporary makeshift tents to protect them from aerial and artillery bombings.

On Jan 14, Burmese army’s artillery shells fell on Hka Chyang block in Laiza town killing three civilians including a deacon and a ninth grade student and wounded 4 others including an eight-year-old girl at around 8 am. Another round of artillery shells fired by Burmese army’s Dawhpum-yang-based artillery unit fell on the same civilian block in Laiza in the evening. No casualties have been reported as local residents have already moved to safer areas.

Fierce fighting raged between KIA’s 23rd Battalion under 5th Brigade and a combined force of Burmese army infantry units near Hkaya post on Jan 15 at 7:30 am. Local source says Burmese army made an offensive operation to seize KIA’s Hkaya post located on a strategic hill. Two government’s fighter jets came to aid ground troops firing KIA positions for two rounds at 2:30 pm and 3:40 pm during the battle.

Two artillery shells fired by Burmese army fell on Chinese soil. One mortar shell fell near Nabang-Yinjiang road on Chinese soil and another shell fell near a village at China-Burma border on Jan 15.
Burmese army continues indiscriminate shelling on civilians areas in Kachin and northern Shan state despite calls from other ethnic nationalities and international community to halt offensive and restraint violence against civilians.

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