TATMADAW troops seized two suspected armed attackers during an area clearance operation yesterday upon receiving information that there were armed individuals hiding in some villages of Maungtaw Township following incidents which occured in Maungtaw and Rathetaung Townships.
Andra Mular Kein and Mawlawi Fordita Laung, whom the Tatmadaw suspects were involved in attacks in Ngakhuya Village in the township on 9 October, were captured alive in Ngakhura Village at 8.30 pm yesterday.
Meanwhile, Tatmadaw soldiers, while carrying out an area clearance operation in Taung Paing Nyar Village at 9 am on Monday, came under surprise attack by eight armed villagers and engaged in a firefight.
After the incident, troops found seven bodies. Swords and sticks were found with the bodies.
It was reported that there were two armed individuals hiding near Maung Hnama Ale Village who took part in attack on Kyikanpyin Headquarters and took away immunition. Two men were arrested in connection with the attack.
They, according to the Tatmadaw, admitted their involvement in the attack on Kyikanpyin outpost.
The four attackers are currently being interrogated to aid the Tatmadaw in locating further weapons and fighters. —Myawady