Government forces- Arakan Army rebels encounter claim lives

Narinjara News: 20 April 2016

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The ongoing conflicts between the Myanmar government forces and  Arakan Army rebels  in different parts of Rakhine State  resulted in the killing of few officers.

According to the government forces, at least one battalion commander and few other officers were killed on 16 April, while confronting the Arakan Army rebels in the western State of Myanmar.

However, the government forces succeeded in confiscating various communication equipments and crude mines from the possession of the banned armed outfit.

At least two encounters reported on Saturday from  Lawrama mountain locality near Warr New, which is situated in the middle of Rathidaung & Punna Gyunt townships and also from Nat Tharay village near Taw Phyar Chaung, which is located in between Punna Gyun & Kyauk Taw townships.

The Arakan Army publicity in-charge Khaing Thu Kha claimed that MajorMyo Minn Tun, temporary battalion commander of LIB 232 based in Sittwewas killed in the encounter. He also added that few more military officers were killed in the battle ground.

The Arakan Army had around 100 armed rebels on the frontline area. They were with the mission to establish transit camps at Plet Wa and Kyauk Taw localities in Burma-Bangladesh border areas.

The casualty in the government forces indicates that the tension in Arakan would continue for few more months.