Explosion Hits Central Laiza Near KIA Headquarters

Ji Ji, a Kachin woman who suffered minor injuries when an explosion hit central Laiza at around noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, holds her child, who was also slightly injured. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

Ji Ji, a Kachin woman who suffered minor injuries when an explosion hit central Laiza at around noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, holds her child, who was also slightly injured. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

LAIZA, Kachin State — A heavy explosion rocked central Laiza at midday today, only a hundred meters from the hotel used by the Kachin Independence Army as it headquarters.

A mother and child suffered cuts from flying debris as an unknown projectile tore through the roof and an upper bedroom of their home before exploding on the ground floor.

The home backs onto the stream running through Laiza that forms the border with China.

The mother, Ji Ji, had been sitting less than 10 meters from where the explosion occurred with her one-year-old child, Awng Ngai, in a baby pouch on her back. At the time she was working at her sewing machine producing vests for KIA soldiers.

Both suffered abrasions and cuts from flying debris, but no serious injuries. At this time the exact cause of the explosion was not known, but was suspected to have been a mortar or artillery round fired by the Burmese army.


4 Responses to Explosion Hits Central Laiza Near KIA Headquarters

  1. Your aritcal is misleading and tantalize the fear of the people unnecessarily. If you would have checked as I did you will learn that it was an explosion of domestic used gas container.

    • By identifying the receiver of the lady’s product, and identifying her by name and photograph, the author is putting this lady at risk of arrest under the Myanmar law prohibiting association with illegal groups. Does he think that the principles of ‘Do No Harm’ do not apply in situations of war? Shame on you, they ESPECIALLY apply in situations of war!

    • Myu Tsaw my brother, good job with your investigation. We need observers like you, and not harbingers of gloom and doom.

  2. Whatever happens in Kachin State, the Kachins are getting used to it. They have been killed, maimed, tortured, raped, bombed, so on. Is this new attack surprising them? Not at all. Even if Laiza is occupied and captured, the war is far from over. It will be just the beginning. As long as we a few ethnic peoples remain alive, our spirits and love for democracy will keep going on. We have never been intimidated because we all are ready to die for our love which is freedom and democracy. We have been fighting for her for the last six decades. We will keep fighting until we achieve it.

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