Three Burma Army officers and two soldiers were killed by the Kachin Independence Army at Ga Ra Yang fighting on Oct. 19, according to sources close to government troops.
The fighting occurred between government troops of the Mayan-based Infantry Battalion No. 260 and KIA troops of Battalion 3, under Brigade 5, said residents of Ga Ra Yang.
The fallen soldiers are Captain Nay Win Htun, Captain Aung Naing Htoo, Lieutenant Naing Naing Linn (ID 41449) and two soldiers--- Naung Chyu (ID 767310) and Soe Paing (ID 494431), according to sources close to witnesses.
It is the practice of the Burma Army that it never declares the death toll and casualty numbers of its troops publicly.
Many government soldiers were also injured, added witnesses.
A KIA soldier was wounded in the fighting, said local residents.
The heavy fighting started at Lung Zep Kawng, near Ga Ra Yang Village, on the Myitkyina-Manmaw (Bhamo) Road on Oct. 14.
Local people said, dozens of government soldiers were killed and injured during the week-long fighting.