Two Dead After AA Attacks Police Truck in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

By Min Aung Khine 25 October 2019

SITTWE, Rakhine State—Two policemen died and five people were injured in a remote-detonated mine attack on a police truck on Thursday in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township, according to the Ministry of Information.

The truck was carrying members of the border guard police force and escorting a prisoner transport vehicle on its way back from Maungdaw District Court to Buthidaung Township when it came under attack just outside the township.

Fourteen police were in the truck and 10 defendants from the court were in the prisoner transport vehicle, according to the Information Ministry. The Arakan Army (AA) attacked the vehicles with remote-detonated explosive devices as well as small arms, according to a statement released by the ministry on Friday.

Five police officers and two defendants were injured in the attack, according to the statement. Two of the injured policemen later died from their injuries and the others are still receiving treatment at the military hospital in Buthidaung.

“As far as I know, suspects detained at Buthidaung Prison were brought to trial at Maungdaw District Court. As they were coming back around 4 p.m., the police truck escorting the prisoners was attacked,” Maungdaw District Administrator U Soe Aung told The Irrawaddy.

Lower House lawmaker U Aung Thaung Shwe of Buthidaung Township said he had heard about the mine attack on the border guard police truck but didn’t know if prisoners were injured.

Rakhine State Chief of Police Colonel Kyi Lin confirmed the incident but said he did not know details.

The Irrawaddy was unable to obtain comment from Maungdaw border guard police force commander Brigadier-General Myint Toe about the incident.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko