Fighting between Tatmadaw personnel who are combing the area for insurgents for security, stability and the rule of law in Laukkai and Kokang renegade groups continued on Wednesday.
About 200 Kokang renegade groups attacked a battalion near Parsinkyaw village with small and heavy weapons on 17 February evening and withdrew when the battalion responded the attack. Similarly, from 17 February evening to 18 February morning, the renegade groups attacked Tatmadaw camps with small and heavy weapons and withdrew when counterattacks were launched.
In addition, Tatmadaw personnel who were heading to troops in Laukkai on major communication route to Laukkai such as Hsenwi-Namslag-Kunglong road, Kutkai-Tamoenye-Monesi-Tapah road and Kutkai-Muse-Kyukok-Monekoe-Tangyan were also ambushed or attacked by Kokang renegade groups, KIA, TNLA and SSA (Wanghai).
From 15 to 18 February, SSA (Wanhai) attacked the Tatmadaw between Kyaukme and Hsipaw and between Lashio and Hsenwi while KIA and TNLA ambushed the Tatmadaw thrice between Hsenwi and Kyukok, twice between Kutakai and Monsi and once between Monesi and Tapah. Kokang renegade groups ambushed the Tatmadaw column four times between Parsinkyaw and Chinshwehaw.
Tatmadaw troops heading to Laukkai to reinforce the battalions were also attacked by insurgents at about 1 pm.
Three Tatmadaw personnel died in action and two local civilians died while 32 others were injured including one officer and six local civilians since 15 February.