Fights intensify between Kokang insurgents and gov’t troops

Materials seized from Kokang insurgents in  aukkai area
Materials seized from Kokang insurgents in aukkai area

Fights stepped up between Kokang insurgents and government troops on patrol in Laukkai area Friday.
Government troops were engaged in fights with a combined insurgent groups of Kokang, Palaung and Rakhine near Lawkuakyaing village before the insurgents fled due to attacks of military infantry units.
In the afternoon, military troops retrieved Point 2014 hill, which is strategically important post of Kokang insurgents.
Government forces also cleared Kokang insurgents who attacked conveyance of relief items.
Beginning March 7 afternoon, fights are intensifying as military launches six air offensives of attack helicopters and airplanes to retake the posts of Kokang insurgents, including Pint 1753 hill.
During the conflicts, government troops seized one M-16, one M-22, two magazines, 92 bullets, two TNTs and other military equipment, with four deaths of military personnel and 11 injured.
While military columns were combing suspected places after some tip-offs, three M-22s, two pistols, two magazines, 2,020 bullets, six RPGs and military wares and equipment.


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