Myanmar captures one hillock in fighting with armed group

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 18 (IANS) Myanmar military on Wednesday claimed to have captured one hillock and seized some ammunition in fighting with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) over the last three days, a military-run weebsite reported.

In an attack on a KIA camp on Point 928 hillock, 4.8 km from Mohnyin area in Kachin state, the government troops suffered some casualties, Xinhua cited the Myawaddy website report as saying, adding that the KIA retreated northward.

In the fighting, the government forces used air support and heavy artillery, it said.

KIA is among the seven armed groups out of 15 which are yet to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) with the Myanmarese government although the eight others have done so on October 15.

Efforts are being made by the government to bring the seven groups to join the ceasefire signing process.

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