On January 2nd, the Putao District People’s Defense Force announced that the Sumprabum – Putao and the Myitkyina – Putao highway will be closed from January 5th.
From January 5th, the Sumprabum – Putao and the Myitkyina – Putao highway will be closed from 5pm to 6am every day. In addition, vehicles carrying war-related items and drugs are not allowed. The notice states that trucks must drive uncovered and that passenger cars must have their windows down.
It also states that road users should comply with these notices and the People’s Defense Force will not be held responsible for any cases that may occur if they do not comply with these notices.
On the night of December 29th, the Putao District People’s Defense Force attacked two junta troop vehicles moving from Sumprabum to Putao, killing 23 junta soldiers.
There have been frequent clashes in many parts of Kachin State between junta troops and the KIA and Putao PDF since the February 2021 military coup.