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2 policemen killed in convoy attack by insurgents in western Myanmar

  • Published at 01:08 pm October 25th, 2019
Rakhine state
Map of Rakhine state of Myanmar Dhaka Tribune

Five other policemen and two female civilians were also injured in the attack

Two policemen have been killed as the Arakan Army (AA) attacked a police convoy in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.

Five other policemen and two female civilians were also injured in the attack, police officials said, reports UNB.

The convoy included a prison van and a police vehicle.

The prison van was carrying 14 policemen and 20 inmates, while the police vehicle was carrying civilians - eight men and two women.

A ten-member AA group attacked the convoy, setting off two remote-controlled mines Buthidaung-Maungtaw road in Buthidaung township Thursday afternoon

The policemen escorting the prison van returned fire, forcing the AA members to retreat.

The inmates were sent to the Buthidaung Prison and the security forces are conducting security measures around the site of the attack, police officials added.

On August 20, AA launched similar mine attack on a police convoy on Yangon-Sittway road in the same state, killing three police members and injuring three others.

Arakan Army (AA) is a Rakhine rebel group fighting for the rights of ethnic Rakhine people in Myanmar. It usually fights alongside the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) against the Myanmar Armed Forces.

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