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Kachin Insurgents Shoot Down Myanmar Military Helicopter

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Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Myanmar said yesterday that they had shot down a military helicopter, the latest sign of the fighting that has intensified around the country’s periphery since the coup of February 1.

According to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the helicopter was shot down around 10:20 a.m. and fell near a village in Momauk township in Kachin State, following days of air raids by the Myanmar armed forces, or Tatmadaw.

“The military council launched air strikes in that area since around 8 or 9 this morning… using jet fighters and also fired shots using a helicopter so we shot back at them,” KIA spokesman Naw Bu told Reuters. A grainy video posted on social media shows a helicopter careening to the ground, trailing smoke.

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