Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fierce fighting, several deaths after uncovering hidden TNLA training camp

 June 27, 2017
Several Tatmadaw officers and troops and four men of an ethnic armed group were killed over a six-day period during fierce fighting that began last week after the discovery of a Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) training camp in northeast Shan State. The fighting began when Tatmadaw columns, acting on a tip-off, conducted a search on 20 June and discovered a hidden TNLA training camp about 2,000 meters northeast of Manlan village, Namsang Township in Shan State.

Tatmadaw troops engaged TNLA troops five times between 20 June and 26 June, military officials said. After sometimes heavy fighting, TNLA troops withdrew toward the west and northwest.

During the engagements, several Tatmadaw officers and troops were killed and a few were wounded. Four bodies of enemy troops were also found, military officials said.

The training camp included a 40-feet square space of cleared ground and six huts used as training halls, living quarters, a kitchen and a dining hall. A generator, 40 military uniforms with TNLA badges, several improvised explosive devices (IEDs), detonators, medicines and foodstuffs were also found in the camp.

A further search of the area uncovered more IEDs on 23 June.

Found with the bodies of enemy troops were 12 M-22 assault rifles, one medium machine gun, one K-12 rifle, one M-22 assault rifle with a folding stock, 26 rounds of RPG bombs, 11 rounds of 60mm mortar bombs, 14 M-22 magazines, three sniper rifle magazines, assorted military equipment and documents, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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