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July 14, 2020

AA attacks regional military headquarters near MraukU

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The regional military headquarters near MraukU Township in Rakhine State were attacked on the night of 17 April by a group of AA based in Baungdote Village, according to a military release.
The AA group reportedly launched an attack on the southern part of the regional military HQ in Baungdote village, near MraukU Township, from the Baungdote Village School around 10:40 p.m. on 17 April. AA group bearing small and heavy arms attacked the southeast part of the HQ around 11:32 p.m. and they struck Security Post 2 around 11:40 p.m. The attack by the AA stationed in Baungdote village forced the military to retaliate, according to a military release. The fighting stopped around 11:45 p.m.
Around 10:40 p.m., the AA also opened fire on the MraukU town’s regional military HQ from the Yangon-Sittway Union Road, forcing the HQ to return fire.
Yesterday afternoon, officials from the MraukU Township administration office, the district police force, and departmental officials went to the Bhuddha Nattaung monastery in Baungdote Village. In the presence of the monastery’s head monk Bhaddanta Razeinna, they met with village elders and asked them not to allow AA members into the village as they had launched an attack on the military headquarters from inside the village.
The officials told locals they would be in danger if armed conflicts take place, and asked them not to support terrorism, and inform the security forces if members of the AA come near the village. The officials also asked the villagers to cooperate in efforts to maintain stability and peace in towns, wards, and villages.
Members of the AA are taking cover in towns, wards, and villages in order to approach and attack military HQs so that, if the military engages with them, the AA can create a misunderstanding between the people and the Tatmadaw, according to news released by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Min)

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