Mine Explosion Kills Two Police Officers in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Two police officers were killed, and two others were injured when vehicles in a police convoy hit a mine on Wednesday along the main road in Ponnagyun township of Rakhine state, local residents and law enforcement authorities said, in the latest bout of violence in Myanmar’s volatile western region. Villagers told RFA that they heard two explosions two minutes apart around 7 p.m. local time, while the convoy traveled between the township’s Kyan Khin and Pan Nilar villages as it made its way from Kyauktaw township to the Rakhine's capital Sittwe. The blasts were followed by 20 minutes of gunfire, they said. When local residents went to check the area on Thursday morning, they found a damaged police vehicle and a white sedan. “I went to the area to see what happened,” said Shwe Than from Pan Nilar village. “I saw about 20 policemen and damaged vehicles. They were a police vehicle and a white sedan. The two vehicles seemed to have been damaged by the mine explosion.”................

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