Maungdaw, 12 November 2016:
The residents of Maungdaw in northern Arakan wake up to the sounds of shooting & firing on Saturday morning underlining that the security forces continued fighting against the terrorists.
According to local people in northern Maungdaw Township, which is adjacent to the Bangladesh border, they heard the sounds of several round of shooting along with heavy artillery firing during 6 am to 8:30 am.
Village chairman from Wrat Nyo Daung informed, “We heard the sounds for more than two hours coming from three places between Hmjo Daung and Point Pru Chaung, which is closer to the international border.”
He also added that the gun battle erupted when a column of joint forces combining the Army and border police personnel were clearing the area dominated by mostly Muslim nationals.
A border police officer on the condition of anonymity confirmed that two terrorists were killed in the encounter where one soldier sustained injury.
“The battle started at 6 am when some armed terrorists challenged the security forces during the clearing operation near Hmjo Daung and Point Pru Chaung areas. There was no encounter for more than ten days in the entire locality,” added the border police officer.
The security forces launched a massive operation in Maungdaw on 9 October where nine police officers were killed and four of them were wounded. The Muslim insurgent groups, based in the area, continue their disruptive activities against the authority which compelled the government to take stern actions against the terrorists.