Government troops seized assorted arms and ammunition and found two bodies of members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) armed group and seven bodies of civilians during area clearance operations in the Mongkoe area on Thursday and Friday.
Following a skirmish with the MNDAA on Friday, government troops found two bodies of MNDAA members, four M-22 assault rifles, two .22 calibre weapons, four air rifles, nine ammo cartridges loaded with bullets, four pairs of binoculars, 175 rounds of ammunition, 11 grenades, two RPG mortar rounds, one land mine, two sets of walkie-talkie, one mine detector, one backpack, two uniform jackets of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), 33 complete sets of uniforms and seven bodies of civilians, according to the office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.
In a separate incident nearby, troops seized one M-22 rifle and one cartridge containing 20 bullets and one gun string in a bush east of the Mongkoe military outpost.
Similarly, the troops discovered one M-22 rifle, three cartridges, three grenades and 300 bullets in a sugarcane plantation near Ward-6 in Mongkoe on Friday.
They also discovered two RGP mortar rounds, one grenade, 45 bullets for a machine gun and 20 bullets for an M-22 rifle near Haymoelon Village around 2 pm on Friday.