Army occupies two MNDAA outposts

The army seized two outposts from the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) near the border with China, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.

Two army columns approached and occupied two MNDAA outposts on April 21 with the help of artillery.

The retreating MNDAA forces had many casualties and only one soldier from the government troops was lightly wounded, the military said. An arsenal, including two RPG launchers, six rifles, ammunition and hand grenades were seized, the announcement said.

The outposts seized by the army were protecting the area where the MNDAA was conducting administrative procedures and the army was clearing some MNDAA posts near the border, it said.

The rebel army was unavailable for comment. 

The Northern Alliance members, the Kachin Independence Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army, Arakan Army and the MNDAA, attacked the army together at Muse 105 mile trade zone on November 20 last year. Additional fighting between the army and MNDAA occurred in February this year and the MNDAA attacked a residential area of Laukkaing on March 6, causing civilians deaths.

Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw