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March 01, 2018

Seven soldiers killed in July clashes with KKO

Photo shows a building destroyed by KKO group led by Kyaw Thet and Saw San Aung in Kayin State.
Photo shows a building destroyed by KKO group led by Kyaw Thet and Saw San Aung in Kayin State.

Military media announced on Thursday that seven soldiers were killed, 29 injured and one reported missing in action during clashes with the Kalohtoophaw Karen Organisation that took place back in July.
The government troops were trying to clear the Myawady-Thingan-Nyinaung-Kawkareik Road, a new section of the Asia Highway Network, in Kayin State, when fighting erupted on 2 July.
During the week-long clashes, the combined forces of the Tatmadaw and the Border Guard Force found six bodies of KKO fighters and seized 165 weapons, ammunition units and vehicles.
The government forces also discovered four drug-production facilities belonging to the KKO, seizing 864,057 stimulant tablets worth more than K25 billion (US$19,523,000).
Eighty-nine KKO members surrendered, giving up their arms and ammunition during the fighting.
The fighting broke out after the KKO failed to follow orders from the Kayin State Government and from the local military command not to extort money or recruit members from among local villagers or people using the road. After insurgents from the KKO attacked the convoy of the Commander of the South-East Command on the new Asia Highway section during his inspection visit on 2 July, the government forces cleared both the old and new Myawady-Thingan-Nyinaung-Kawkareik roads and gained control of the new road on 9 July.
The new Myawady-Thingan Nyinaung-Kawkareik Road was inaugurated on 30 August by Vice President U Nyan Tun and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr Somkid Jatusripitak.


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