(Narinjara News, 23 November 2014) :
Over 23 cadets of different ethnic army groups, including eight from Arakan army, were killed following the Burma army’s shell attacks on November 19 in Kachin dominated areas, which is adjacent to China, claimed an Arakan army report.
According to the report, Burma army battalion no 369 under the northern command staying at Kayar hill top near the KIO headquarter shelled over the cadet training school that inured over 16 cadets as well.
Among those killed in the incident, there were 11 cadets from Ta’ang national liberation army in eastern Shan state, 8 cadets from Arakan army, 2 cadets from Chin armed group and 2 cadets from Burma students democratic front.
The killed Arakan army cadets were identified as Kyaw Khant (21 years old) from Min Bya, Ko Soe Tin (23) from Kyauk Taw, Htet Htet Aung (alias) Khaing Htet Aung (24) from Kyauk Pru, Thein Than Naing (23) from Min Bya, Ran Lin Soe (21) from Pauk Taw with Khaing Htun (21), Aung Aung Than (23) and Ray Win Tun (23) from Sittwe.
Among those wounded 5 cadets were from Arakan army, where 3 cadets received severe injuries.
The Kachin independence army also confirmed about the casualties in the deadly attack and it accused the Burma army’s access in those areas since September this year.
Global New Light of Myanmar, an English daily of Burma also reported about the incident saying that the Tatmadaw army fired a warning shot of a large-caliber weapon on November 19 which accidentally fell and exploded over a Kachin militant camp causing the unwanted casualties.