The Myanmar junta on Saturday charged an armed ethnic class of assaulting a vehicle convoy which was having Chinese military personnel who were travelling to a meeting on border security, a claim the rebels denied. Myanmar has been in mess since the military drove out democratically chosen civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from office in a 2021 coup. Spat between the junta and opponents has destroyed vast swathes of the nation. On Tuesday, a vehicle convoy having Chinese military representatives and Myanmar counterparts went to Myitkyina in northern Kachin state came under fire.
A vehicle that was second in line was shot five times, the junta revealed. Myanmar security forces retaliated. “We can confirm that (Kachin Independence Army, or KIA) members assaulted the convoy,” junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said in an audio message. The junta said no one was injured or killed in the incident. But the KIA has refused responsibility. More than 3,700 people have lost their lives in the military’s crackdown on dissent since the coup, this information came through a local monitoring group.