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Govt Army Denied Access to Kachin Village

24 January 2014

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has refused to allow Burma army officials to re-enter the village of Nam Lim Pa after finding the bodies of six civilians suspected of being executed by Burma army troops, reports the Kachin News Group. The KIA recently regained control of the village, which is in territory that had been wrested away from the ethnic armed group in November. A Kachin relief group found the bodies in shallow graves soon after the KIA returned to the area. A senior official with the Burmese army’s Light Infantry Battalion 601 had requested permission to enter the village to make photo records of its inhabitants, a KIA officer said.