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Monday, December 5, 2016

Mongkoe under control by government forces

Nay Pyi Taw December 5

Mongkoe, which has been under attack by armed groups for two weeks, has been brought under control by the government forces, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services yesterday.

Control of the town was regained after reinforcement columns of the Tatmadaw joined troops at the Monekoe military post in northern Shan State and after clearance operations in the town were conducted by troops yesterday. The combined forces of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) withdrew from the area after Tatmadaw troops fought back and conducted clearance operations in the town.

The attacks of the combined KIA/TNLA/MNDAA targeted government military outposts and police stations in the areas of Muse, Kutkai, Mongkoe, Kyukoke, Phangsai, Pangsang, Manken and Kyinsankyawk (Honang). According to updated government data, a total of 14 people have been killed and 50 injured in the northern Myanmar conflict since its outbreak. The dead include three policemen, one militiaman and 10 civilians, while the injured include 11 policemen, two government staff members and 37 civilians.

The Myawady Daily

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