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Myanmar: KIA shoots down junta military helicopter attacking their base

MIAO: Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has shot down a Myanmar military helicopter gunship on Monday while their base was being attacked by the military.

This was the first in Myanmar history when a rebel group had brought down a military helicopter gunship.

Myanmar has been in unrest since February 1, when military coup took over the country, and the military has begun offensives against the country’s multiple ethnic rebel armies.

A helicopter was shot in its tail rotor ad crashed near Konglaw village. It was the second in less than a month that Tatmadaw’s Burmese troops and KIA fighters clashed near Momauk.

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The unit’s Chief Liaison Officer Naw Bu informed, “The direct hit on the helicopter scared away two Burmese Air Force jets which were strafing the KIA base in the vicinity.”

KIA seized this specific base from Tatmadaw on March 25.

Bu also added, “KIA will fight like hell to prevent the capture of Alaw Bum Base Otherwise they’d dominate a large swathe of the administrative capital of Kachin state, the territory between Bhamo and Myitkyina.”

The clashes between KIA and Tatmadaw started after KIA launched a sneak attack on the military in mid-March near sai Zin village.

Due to the ongoing clashes, almost 7000 ethnic Kachins have been displaced from Momauk area.

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