After the Tatmadaw had seized outposts of KIA insurgents including the fortified Gidon Post in Waingmaw Township, Kachin State on 16 this month, its columns launched a trail attack on the point 768 (Lai Hpawng by KIA) which is located seven miles east of Myitkyina-Bhamo road and where 3rd battalion under 5th brigade of KIA insurgents headquartered on 21 this month.
Based on this initial attack, the Tatmadaw made necessary preparations in detail, and launched attack with the supporting aerial bombardment and infantry, artillery, tank and heavy weapon assaults in the morning.
The first post was overrun at 3.30 pm today. Follow-up Tatmadaw offensive attacks led to the fall of the main enemy defence hill and six minor posts at 5.15 pm. Today’s captured Point-768 (Lai Hpawng called by KIA) post is located on the other side of Nanttaphat creek, opposite of which lies Battalion 252’s Gidon Post that KIA lost on 16 December.
It is also a post built to provide security for the communication route to KIA Headquarters Liza, Lisinpote and other posts around No.6 boundary post estimated map reference (MJ-022995) and threaten Myitkyina and Waingmaw townships.
The post was also used as a communication route to Brigade 1-controlled Ingunla region. Although KIA outposts have been occupied, information about redeployment and casualties from both sides is being collected in detail according to time limit. After that, further news will be released, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.