Two Police Officers Stabbed to Death in Rangoon

By May Sitt Paing 3 September 2015

RANGOON — Two officers attempting to apprehend a wanted criminal in eastern Rangoon were stabbed to death by the suspect on Wednesday, according to police sources.

Col. Aung Naing and Cpl. Thura Lwin, both stationed at Thanlyin Police Station, sought to arrest Tin Myint at the nearby Natural Beauty Guesthouse but were allegedly stabbed to death by Tin Myint as he tried to evade arrest.

Tin Myint, who has been wanted for violent assault since last year,is alleged to have used a 9-inch blade to stab the police colonel in the throat and the police corporal in the chest, killing both men on the spot. Tin Myint was apprehended at the scene, and Col. Kyi Lwin of the Rangoon Police Force’s southern district office told the Irrawaddy that a murder case had been opened against the suspect.

The Burma Police Force told The Irrawaddy it would provide compensation to the families of the two victims.

The two deaths come after the July murder of Cpl. Chit Ko Ko Maung, a member of the Rangoon Police Force’s northern district crime squad, who was stabbed to death in Insein Township while seeking information on a suspect. It is unknown whether his death was connected to Tin Myint.

Last year, the Rangoon Police Force began a program to track down escaped convicts, criminals on outstanding warrants, and members of the military and police force who were absent without official leave. According to police statistics, a total of 3,564 people were apprehended between September 2014, and the middle of July.