Renewed clashes between the Myanmar Army and Arakan Army troops near Kone Pyin village in Chin’s State Paletwa Township on Thursday left four Myanmar Army soldiers dead and five others injured, according to an Arakan Army (AA) spokesman.
Khine Thukha, the AA spokesman, told The Irrawaddy on Friday that a clash happened on the morning of May 3 when Myanmar Army troops from Light Infantry Battalion 541, based in Minbya Township, Rakhine State, entered into AA-controlled areas along the Kaladan River.
“The [Myanmar Army] soldiers’ dead bodies were still alongside the riverbank on Thursday night,” said Khine Thukha, adding that there were no fatalities on the AA side.
He said that if Myanmar Army troops continue to advance that the fighting would continue, as the AA would defend itself.
There have not been many clashes over the past four months along the upper section of the Kaladan River but heavy fighting occurred in November and December of last year.