While conducting the area clearance operations in Maungtaw and Yathedaung townships, Rakhine State, the government troops were ambushed by about 60 attackers armed with guns, knives and spears near Mayintaung village at about 6:45am yesterday.
The troops fought back in forcing the attackers to move back to Gwason village which is located in the southwest of Mayintaung village.
After the skirmish, the bodies of six attackers were found along with one BA-94 weapon and ammunition which are similar to arms taken away by the attackers in the 9th October attacks at the Headquarters of Kyikanpyin Border Guard Post. One soldier died and several were injured in the fighting.
Government troops continued their clearance operation around the village. When they arrived near Pwintphyuchaung village, they were under fire by the attackers in the village.
When the troops fired back, the attackers set fire to the village and withdrew to Gwason village.
In the area clearance operation, the troops arrested 36 men believing to be the attackers in Pwintphyuchaung village and handed over them to the No. 1 Border Guard Post Headquarters.
Troops who approached Gwason village in search for the attackers were shot by about 500 men armed with small guns, knives and spears near the village.
The troops divided themselves into groups and returned fire.
The troops found themselves under attack and outnumbered by the other enemy until two helicopters from Air Force fired on the attackers, forcing them to withdraw to Gwason village. One officer from the military dead in the encounter near Gwason village.
The troops have stepped up its clearance operations and are actively searching for the attackers.