Burma

Police Sergeant Stabbed to Death in Myanmar’s Rakhine

By Min Aung Khine 30 June 2020

Sittwe, Rakhine State — A police sergeant from the central police station in Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe, was killed at his house on Monday evening.

Sergeant Maung Maung Than, 40, was opening the front gate of his house in Magyimyaing ward at around 8 pm on Monday when two men stabbed him to death.

“His family said he was returning from outside and as he was opening the front gate, two people stabbed him,” a Sittwe police officer told The Irrawaddy.

The sergeant was wounded in the left of his chest and died upon arrival at hospital, according to Lieutenant Colonel Maung Maung Soe of Rakhine police. The police are hunting for suspects.

U Thein Hlaing, an administrator of Setyonesu ward in Sittwe, was stabbed to death by unknown men on May 25 while he was buying betel nut at a paan shop in central Sittwe.

Over recent years, Rakhine State has seen several murders of police and administrative officials. While many of the killings happened at the victims’ homes or in daylight, none of the crimes has been solved and no arrests have been made, increasing fear across the state.

A corporal of the Military Security Affairs Office was fatally shot in Sittwe in September 2018. Police charged four Rakhine men with the murder but released them due to a lack of evidence.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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