Kyaikto, February (12)

Three junta troops, including a captain, were killed in a clash that broke out near a cocoa yard between Ingapo and Thitseikpin villages in Mon State’s Kyaikto Township, the chairman of the KNU’s Allied Supervisory Committee told Than Lwin Times.

The coalition forces of KNLA clashed with the regime forces that arrived to set up an ambush around 9 am on February 11.

The shooting occurred when the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) joint forces came to attack the military convoy that was going to pass through Kyaikto Township.

In the battle that lasted for almost 20 minutes, the KNLA joint force gained the upper hand over the regime forces, and three soldiers, including a captain, were killed while there were no injuries on the PDF side, said the KNU’s Allied Supervisory Committee.

Despite constant heavy weaponry fire from the junta’s artillery at Theinzayat, the KNLA joint forces were able to retreat successfully with no casualties.

On January 5, a convoy of four military vehicles coming from Waw Town to Kyaikto was attacked near Ingapo village by a KNLA joint force, which destroyed a military vehicle and injured five soldiers.

According to reports, military convoys are routinely targeted on the Kyaikto township’s Yangon-Mawlamyine highway, thus the military council has set up an ambush and stationed troops at a specified location.

News-Than Lwin Times

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