Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander

Myanmar’s rebel Arakan Army captured 30 government soldiers, including a battalion commander, near the Paletwa township in western Myanmar’s Chin state during heavy fighting this week, the ethnic armed group said in an announcement on Tuesday.

A large quantity of weapons was captured along with the group, said the AA—a mostly ethnic Rakhine force that seeks greater autonomy in neighboring Rakhine state. The group added that a number of its own troops were killed during the clash.

Speaking to RFA’s Myanmar Service on Wednesday, AA spokesman Khine Thukha confirmed the capture, saying the fighting had occurred near Paletwa, where hostilities have spilled over in recent weeks from neighboring Rakhine.

“We had some fighting in Paletwa township on March 9 and 10. We captured 20 soldiers, including Light Infantry Battalion No. 7 commander Col. Thet Naing Oo,” the AA spokesman said.

“We captured 10 more today, including a major and another major from a medical unit. Now we have a total of 30,” he added.

Other officers and soldiers from Myanmar’s government army had also been captured in 2019, Khine Thukha said, while declining to give more detailed information for reasons of security.

Reached by phone for comment, Gen. Tun Tun Nyi—vice chairman of the Myanmar military’s True News Information Team—declined to give a statement, saying he was traveling and was unaware of the troops’ capture.

Also speaking to RFA, a resident of Chin state’s Miewa village said he had seen government troops in AA custody, though.

“I saw that the AA took about 30 soldiers while they were passing our village,” he said.

Fighting between AA troops and government forces has now raged around Miewa, Mont Than Pyin, Kyauttan, and Pwe Wone villages in Paletwa for almost a month, with at least two villagers killed and four injured by artillery fire and airstrikes launched from fighter jets and helicopters, sources say.

Meanwhile, in fighting to the south in Rakhine, a woman was killed and six people injured when a shell fell into Kyauktaw township’s Kyaw Shi Pyin village at about 2:00 a.m., local sources said.

In a recent statement, the Rakhine Ethnic Congress (REC) relief group said that fighting has displaced about 130,000 people in Rakhine and adjacent Chin state since early 2019, with more than 100 killed and 300 injured.

Reported by Waiyan Moe Myint for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khet Mar. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Print
Print Share Comment Cite Upload Translate Updates

Leave a Reply

APA
Radio Free | Radio Free (2021-09-19T05:59:52+00:00) » Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander. Retrieved from https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/.
MLA
" » Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander." Radio Free | Radio Free - Wednesday March 11, 2020, https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/
HARVARD
Radio Free | Radio Free Wednesday March 11, 2020 » Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander., viewed 2021-09-19T05:59:52+00:00,<https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/>
VANCOUVER
Radio Free | Radio Free - » Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander. [Internet]. [Accessed 2021-09-19T05:59:52+00:00]. Available from: https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/
CHICAGO
" » Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander." Radio Free | Radio Free - Accessed 2021-09-19T05:59:52+00:00. https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/
IEEE
" » Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander." Radio Free | Radio Free [Online]. Available: https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/. [Accessed: 2021-09-19T05:59:52+00:00]
rf:citation
» Myanmar’s Arakan Army Captures 30 Government Troops, Battalion Commander | Radio Free | Radio Free | https://www.radiofree.org/2020/03/11/myanmars-arakan-army-captures-30-government-troops-battalion-commander/ | 2021-09-19T05:59:52+00:00
To access this feature you must login or create an account.