YANGON, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar government troops have overrun three outposts of Kokang's Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) along the border area during the clearance operation this month, according to a statement released by the military Friday.
The three MNDAA outposts -- Hill points 1269, 1052 and 1088 has been occupied by the government troops since March 8.
The government side claimed 28 bodies of the MNDAA and seized 59 various kinds of firearms, ammunition and more than 130,000 tablets of amphetamine in attacking the three hill bases with some casualties suffering from its side.
With the occupation of the Hill Point-1269, the government forces said that the key route of Laukkai-Yanlongkyaik has been under their control, prompting the possibility of restoring peace in the eastern part of Laukkai.
Renewed armed clashes broke out in the Kokang region on March 6 before dawn, with MNDAA launching offensive on Laukkai, resulting in dozens of casualties including civilians.
At least five Kokang traffic police and five civilians were killed when the MNDAA attacked police posts and residential area in Laukkai with four other Kokang traffic police being also taken away by the MNDAA as hostages.
MNDAA attacked Laukkai with small and heavy weapons , destroying some residential buildings, hotels and military camps with vehicles burned.
The Myanmar government troops have been making area clearance operation following the incident.
Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed on two townships -- Laukkai and Kongyang hit by armed conflicts with effect from March 10 night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time.