Myanmar rebels attack jade mining town

25th May, 2021

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People look at thick columns of black smoke from jade mining town of Hkamti on Saturday. — Reuters

YANGON: Forces of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of the ethnic factions opposed to Myanmar’s coup, attacked military positions at the northwestern jade mining town of Hkamti on Saturday, local media reported. The attack marks an advance into new territory by the KIA at a time Myanmar has been plunged into chaos since the army seized power on Feb 1, detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cut short a decade of democratic reforms.

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