Arakan Army Says It Is Holding 11 Myanmar Soldiers After Fierce Weekend Fighting

The Arakan Army (AA) has taken 11 Myanmar Army soldiers prisoner and seized their weapons following a weekend clash in Chin state’s Paletwa township, which abuts volatile Rakhine state where hostilities have intensified between the two sides since late last year, an AA official said Tuesday. The AA, a Buddhist Rakhine army fighting for autonomy in Rakhine state, captured the men along with arms and ammunition after it had overrun a strategic hill controlled by the government army on March 9 near Pyan So village in Paletwa's Pee Chaung area, said AA spokesman Khine Thukha. The soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 563 based in Rakhine’s Gwa township had been stationed in Paletwa under the command of Light Infantry Division 5, he said......................

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