Long fight between army and AA in Mrauk-U claim deaths from both sides in Myanmar

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - The fight broke out between a military column shouldering security duties near the village and a 200-strong AA group.

A firefight occurred for an extended period between military and Arakan Army (AA) near Lekka Village by Yangon-Sittway Road in Mrauk-U Township, Rakhine State, on October 19 morning, said Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, secretary of Tatmadaw (Military) True News Information Team. 

The fight broke out between a military column shouldering security duties near the village and a 200-strong AA group from about 6.30 am to 12 noon. Some soldiers from the army lost their lives and some dead bodies, six guns, grenades and military equipment were seized from AA.

 "From 6.30 am till noon, there was an engagement near Lekka Village. A military column working on regional security clashed with a group of about 200 AA members. Both sides experiences casualties. We seized pieces of military equipment and six guns," said the army officer. 

Lekka Village is the place where clashes often occur between the army and AA. AA has frequently carried mine attacks from the village, he said. 

The latest fighting caused a road blockage for about a hundred of cars along the road, BBC (Myanmar) reported on October 19. 

Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun however said road blockage didn’t happen intentionally but those cars might have ceased running because the village is near the road. 

He said another clashes also occurred in Panmyaung region in Mrauk-U Township. 

He stressed the need for cooperation of local residents to prevent any loses to them due to fighting. 

"We frequently give warnings and educative talks. The main aim is to prevent fighting or planning mines near villages. We need the cooperation of locals. If something happens, AA blames villagers. But they are not actually. They are armed insurgents wearing civilian clothes. When we inspect if are any civilians deaths, they are usually AA members wearing civilian clothes," he added. 

As AA is active in Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, Minbya, Yathedaung and Ponnakyun regions with thick forests, such clashes broke out frequently, he commented.   

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