Security forces conducting appropriate security operations in Maungtaw Township, Rakhine State clashed with AA/ARSA insurgents yesterday morning. A police officer was killed in the ensuing skirmish and security forces seized ammunition and a book printed in Arabic from the insurgent’s side.
A section of Border Security Force 5 was on security duty at a bridge over Yebaukcha creek near Kalar Dayvad Village close to Bandoola-Kamaung Seik-Kyein Chaung highway in Maungtaw Township when they spotted a group of 30 AA/ARSA insurgents approaching from the west of the highway at around 2:30 am. Fighting lasted between the two sides until Tatmadaw reinforcements arrived around 4 am, pushing back the insurgent group to the west.
The Myanmar Police Force announced that an officer was killed in the skirmish and they have confiscated several items left behind by the insurgents, including a blood-stained camouflage vest, 3 M-22 cartridges, 29 varying types of ammunition, 2 improvised explosive devices-IEDs, a walkie-talkie, a remote controller, a wire bundle, and a book printed in Arabic language. They also announced that the Tatmadaw reinforcement column is continuing to pursue the retreating insurgents.
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)