A spokesperson from the KNU confirmed that Lieutenant Colonel Htet Lin Zaw of the 560th Light Infantry Division, who was shot by a KNLA sniper in the Lay Kay Kaw battles, had died.
“As far as I know, he’s shot in the leg. It was a sniper bullet. It’s reported that he passed away last night,” he said on December 17th, 1:30pm.
It’s further reported that the Lt. Colonel who died, led the arrests of 16 CDM government staff on December 14th and 4 more on December 15th in Lay Kay Kaw.
On December 15th, the KNLA 2nd Company of the 27th Battalion and junta forces exchanged gunfire at 11am and again at around 5pm.
In these battles, four junta soldiers died and four, including the now dead Lt. Colonel, were wounded.
The spokesperson said that he doesn’t know the details of the other captives and wounded and only the news of the death of the Lt. Colonel had been confirmed.
However, another KNLA source said that 18 junta soldiers died in the battle between Mae Htaw Talay and Pahi Kalaw.
According to initial reports, up to the afternoon of December 17, six junta soldiers and two BGF members were taken alive in the battle between Mae Htaw Talay and Pahi Kalaw villages.