The Irrawaddy

Village Administrator Found Beheaded in Arakan State

RANGOON – An administrator for 100 households in Pazunchaung village was found beheaded in Arakan State’s Rathedaung Township early Friday morning, said border police deputy major Naing Naing Htun.

The victim’s name was Noru Slin.

“A group of men grabbed him from the house while the victim’s family was sleeping and hacked at him right near the fence,” Naing Naing Htun told The Irrawaddy.

According to the deputy major, the head of ten local households, a man named Mawzi Raman, has also gone missing. Investigating the crimes, he said, remains challenging due to the remote location of Pazunchaung.

Local media reported that Noru Slin and Mawzi Raman had assisted the authorities in pursuing militants involved in attacks on three police outposts in Maungdaw Township in October of last year, killing nine policemen.

However, the deputy major said the crimes were not linked to any contact the two men might have had with authorities in the past. He added locals reported that both villagers and those from outside the community could have been involved in the murder.