AA, TNLA and MNDAA insurgents commit further mine blast at bridge at exit of Narte Village on Union Highway, clashes go on

AA, TNLA and MNDAA insurgents commit further mine blast at bridge at exit of Narte Village on Union Highway, clashes go on

NAY PYI TAW August 18

The insurgents of AA, TNLA and MNDAA are committing destructive mine attacks in Nawngkhio, Hsenwi and Kunglon townships in Shan State (North) planting mines and blasting the 31st-Mile reinforced concrete bridge with 50 feet in length and 25 feet in width at the exit of Narte Village on Lashio-Hsenwi-Kunglon Union Highway at about 5 pm on 17 August and that resulted in the destruction of the bridge and interruption of the transport links.

The combined insurgents destroyed four bridges including Goktwin Bridge, the 41st-Mile bridge, Mongtonsun Bridge and the bridge at exit of Narte Village on Union Highway on 15 and 17 August and that led to the disruption of the regional transport and they committed destructive mine attacks with the intention of disturbing and demolishing towns and villages.

However, Tatmadaw columns fought back some 150 insurgents who were approaching from the three places of south-west of the town to launch an attack on Kutkai with heavy weapons at about 10 am this morning and that the insurgents retreated from the fighting with lots of casualties. Four clashes broke out between Tatmadaw columns taking measures of security and prevalence of law and order, and the insurgents on Lashio-Kutkai,Nantphatkar-Muse road section and around Hsenwi-Kunglon Union Highway.

Tatmadaw columns are going on carrying out security measures to restore peace, stability and law and order with the purpose of reconstructing the damaged bridges as quickly as possible and of ensuring safe and secure transport.

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