Myanmar Rebels Claim Downing a Military Helicopter

A Myanmar ethnic rebel group has claimed that it shot down a military helicopter in Momauk, Kachin State, on Monday. 

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) spokesperson Colonel Naw Bu said that the military were using a jet fighter and helicopter to attack their troops, to which they fired back and the helicopter was shot down. 

“It happened at around 10:20 a.m. today. The attack on the gunship scared away two fighter jets accompanying the helicopter,” the spokesperson told local The Irrawaddy news.

The military did not yet comment on the incident. 

Last week, the KIA also said they killed 20 soldiers from the Myanmar military’s 77th Light Infantry Division on Thursday, Myanmar Now reported. 

The division was known for crackdowns against the Rohingya minority in the country’s Rakhine State in 2017. 

This after violent dispersal of protests by the military killed at least five civilians on Sunday, according to rights group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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