Border police detain foreign security force member after firefight

An arrested man wearing uniform of foreign  security force seen with firearms and  ammunition.
An arrested man wearing uniform of foreign security force seen with firearms and ammunition.

Myanmar border police detained a man wearing the uniform of a foreign security force after exchanging fire with the crew of a trawler in Rakhine State on 17 June.
The border police were patrolling Myanmar waters at the Naf River between the mouths of Yedwinkyun Creek and Ywetnyotaung Creek in Maungtaw Township when they sighted the suspicious trawler operated by three men.
After ordering the vessel to stop, the border police came under gunfire and returned fire.
The men aboard the trawler attempted to flee the vessel after it
stalled due to apparent engine failure.
The border police captured one of the men in foreign security forces uniform. The man, who was in possession of firearms and ammunition, was interrogated by authorities.
During the exchange of fire, one member of the border police received a minor gunshot injury to his foot.
The man in custody and the two escapees were identified as members of the foreign security force stationed at Dondonmya camp across the border. Myanmar authorities have raised objection with the country and action will be taken against the man in custody according to the law.

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