They were among a unit of regime troops that was decimated by Cobra Column on the road leading to a strategic outpost in Karen State, the group said.
The Cobra Column resistance group said it found five dead soldiers, including a captain, after a clash on the road to the military’s Ukayit Hta outpost in Karen State.
Resistance groups nearly succeeded in capturing junta outposts in Pekon Township but regime forces counterattacked with artillery and troop reinforcements.
Two junta jets bombed an Arakan Army base in an area controlled by the KNLA near the Thai border Monday, killing and wounding AA troops and destroying buildings.
Karen forces were set to capture the strategic location in Myawaddy Township on Tuesday night but regime forces held the outpost after launching an artillery attack.
The KNU’s armed wings and other resistance groups have been fighting junta forces for control of strategically important Ukayit Hta in Myawaddy Township since Sunday.