More mines, ammunition, shells planted by AA, TNLA and MNDAA found
NAY PYI TAW August 17
AA, TNLA and MNDAA insurgents blew up Goktwin Bridge on Mandalay-Lashio-Muse Union Highway on 15 August.
While the local field engineer unit and Tatmadaw columns were clearing mines to start repairing the bridge on 16 August evening,they exposed and seized 33 five-gallon plastic containers of C-4 improvised mines (about 0.53 ton), 160 pieces of 80-pound TNT explosives, 222 fuses, one RPG shell, two hand grenades, one 40-mm shell and two Energa shells planted near the Goktwin Police Station, under the bridge and in the surrounding area. The explosives were ready to be blown up.
AA, TNLA and MNDAA insurgents blew up the Goktwin Bridge on Mandalay-Lashio-Muse Union Highway with the intention of cutting off transport by totally demolishing the public facility. However,the Tatmadaw reinforcements and members of Myanmar Police Force(MPF) daringly defended the bridge.So, insurgents could destroy only a part of the floor and some of the piers of the bridge. So, they could not realize their initial goal.
Tatmadaw columns are taking necessary security measures to rebuild the bridge and to restore peace and stability and the rule of law in the area.