Less day a week after the two sides agreed on further de-escalation of violence, an unknown Burmese army column on Tuesday launches an attack on a KIA’s 12th Battalion post at 4:30 pm. The KIA post is located 6 miles from Man Hkawn village on Manje-Je Hkam road in southern Kachin State.
The battle is still going on but the Burmese army troops have not been able to advance and seize the KIA post as of this moment, said a local source.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.