About a hundred AA insurgents were reported to be active in hills on the east of the Kyauktaw-Mrauk U road, Rakhine State to establish a training camp and operation area and were obstructing, destroying, planting and exploding land mines on roads used by the public and forcibly recruiting villagers so Tatmadaw columns conducted appropriate security operation.
While the appropriate security operation was conducted, an engagement was made on 19 February and Tatmadaw columns were in hot pursuit of the retreating AA insurgent group. After 20 February there were eight more engagements with the AA insurgent group and a site where the AA insurgents planned to setup a training camp was captured. The AA insurgent group retreated towards the east and south while Tatmadaw columns continued the pursuit.
During the engagements Tatmadaw had some casualties while 4 bodies of AA insurgents; 4 assorted arms, ammunitions and related materials; training accessories; 7 cans of liquors; walkie-talkie chargers; conduit pipes, glues, bamboo triggers, gun powder and fertilizers to make landmines; badges of Tatmadaw officer and soldiers; and AA arm badges were captured. Tatmadaw columns are continuing security operations for rule of law and regional stability in Rakhine State, according to news released by Office of the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief.
(Translated by Zaw Min)