Five Villagers Injured, 25 Detained in New Fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Five villagers were injured in fighting between ethnic Arakan Army soldiers and government troops in Rakhine state on Thursday, with a military spokesperson later saying government forces had detained 25 villagers for suspected links to the AA. Myanmar military spokesperson Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said that Arakan Army soldiers had attacked a military convoy with explosives on Thursday.“Our troops fired back in response, but we fired in the opposite direction from the village,” he said, adding that government soldiers were not to blame for injuries sustained by villagers during the battle.Khine Thukha, a spokesperson for the Arakan Army, meanwhile said that AA soldiers had not engaged with government troops at all on Thursday“There was no fighting with us in the area yesterday. As far as we have learned from the villagers, the Myanmar military intentionally fired into the village. It’s possible that they just created a fake battle, as they have done before,” he said.“A couple of military vehicles from the Myanmar army came our way,” he said. “A soldier jumped off near the shop where we were sitting and told others that he had heard gunfire, and the soldiers began shooting toward where they said the gunfire was heard. We had to hide nearby for our safety.”........


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