A rebel group has demanded the downing of a military helicopter in Myanmar. The Kachin Independence Army, or KIA, said Monday that a military helicopter had been shot down in response to the airstrikes.
The helicopter crashed at around 10:30 a.m. local time in a village near the town of Moyemauk in Kachin Province, said Nao Bu, head of the Kachin Group’s information department.
Nao Bu told Reuters by telephone that the military council had launched airstrikes in the area between 8am and 9am. They were using fighter jets as well as firing from a helicopter, so we fired back at them.
However, the rebels’ information officer declined to say what type of weapon they used to bring down the helicopter.
News portals Mizzima News and Kachinweaves reported the helicopter crash with some pictures of smoke billowing from the ground. There was no immediate reaction from Myanmar’s military.