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Two killed as ALA clashes with regime troops

Jul 22, 2008 (DVB), A clash between the Arakan Liberation Army, armed wing of the Arakan Liberation Party, and State Peace and Development Council troops on the morning of 21 July left two SPDC soldiers dead.

According to an ALP statement, a fifteen-man squad led by ALA detachment leader Khine Linn launched an ambush upon 10 SPDC soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 538.

The SPDC battalion, based in a frontline camp in Myeik Wa, was led by second lieutenant Aung Ko Linn and was travelling by boat along a creek to pick up their battalion commander lieutenant colonel Aung Ko Linn in Taung Pyo at around 8am on Monday.

"The violent clash lasted about 47 minutes before it ended with the SPDC boat sinking and two of their soldiers being killed," the ALP statement said.

"The ALA also seized two MA1 assault rifles along with other ammunition left by the SPDC troops."

The SPDC’s LIB 538 only arrived in the region in the first week of May to replace LIB 20 which has previously been based at the frontline camp.

The ALA claimed there were no casualties on its side.

Reporting by Thet Naing


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