Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant Khao Luong died today (May 13) of chronic liver disease, confirmed Colonel Naw Bu, in charge of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Information Department. “Yes, that’s right. We are the KIA Chief of Staff. Lieutenant General Khao Loong passed away at around 6:23 this evening.” Colonel Naw Bu, in charge of the KIA Information Department, said. Colonel Nawbu said the main disease that caused his death was chronic liver disease.

“Chronic liver disease. For 2 or 3 years, I have been taking medicine and being treated. In April, he went to the hospital and came back and passed away like this.” Colonel Nobu explained. A Kachin news source said: Last week, I heard a little invitation to pray and help. I was careful,” he said. Lt. Gen. Khao Loong was 62 years old at the time of his death. After the military coup, he led the KIA in the brutal attack on the military council forces.

“He’s a bit overjoyed at the victory, shall we say? When he came up, he had a streak of victories, so he might be a little affected. But I don’t think many of them will be effective. I don’t think I can be too depressed. There are good people like him.” A Kachin news source said. There are currently 2 KIA Deputy Chiefs of Staff, General Aung Sai La and Brigadier General Zaw Taung. Since October 2023, after Lt. Col. Ke Loon served as the KIA Commander-in-Chief, the KIA has carried out a series of operations to capture Military Council military bases in North Shan and Kachin states.

On March 7th of this year, the offensive was accelerated and the battle for the camp was carried out, and many military council camps and battalion headquarters were captured from areas such as Waimaw, Momauk, Mansi, Bamaw, Saejel, Phakant, Tanai, Suamprabom, Myitkyina, near Laiza.

In addition to serving as the KIA Commander-in-Chief, General Khao Loong is also the commander of the Military Region No. 1 of the Ministry of Defense of the National Unity Government. No. (1) Military Region includes Sagaing, Magway, Mandalay and some areas of Shan State. “He also loves art. He understands his subordinates very well. He has military tactics and is a good leader,” said a PDF from Sagaing who had met Lt. Gen. Khao Loon when he attended a training course in the KIA-controlled area.

Prominent strike leader Dr. Teza San said, “Rest in peace, Mr. Dukba. Dukba has served much more than his responsibility to the country and the public for this revolution. As long as we have the strength, we will continue to carry out the revolutionary responsibility given to the country and the people by history.” He wrote on his Facebook page expressing his condolences on the death of the KIA Commander in Chief tonight.

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