Kyauk Taw local severely injured in landmine explosion

Narinjara News, 16 February 2023
A local resident from Landmadaw village under Kyauk Taw township of Rakhine State was injured severely in a landmine explosion on Wednesday.

“U Zaw Moe Lwin (b) Maung Che (41 years old) sustained serious injuries as he was collecting firewood in the mountain near to the military battalion LIB (374),” informed a villager close to him adding that his right leg was to be amputated.

At around 12 noon on 15 February, Zaw Moe Lwin stepped on a landmine that exploded  suddenly.

He was taken to Sittwe public hospital via Kyauk Taw city hospital, where he is now recovering.

In recent days, a number of Rakhine people have been killed or injured by the landmine blasts. The locals demand the military council authorities to remove all the planted mines in their localities.

Presently there is no incident of gun fighting between the government forces and Arakan Army members in the western Myanmar State.

However, concerns remain as the remnants of war and landmines are still in various localities. Many villagers face the blasts accidentally while going for daily work.

Despite such incidents of killing and injuries, the military council has been asking the refugees from IDP camps to return to their villages even though the authorities have not taken any useful initiative to clear the landmines. Those mines were reportedly planted by the junta army personnel during the gunfighting with AA members in those rural areas.
Caption: U Zaw Moe Lwin (b) loses his right leg because of landmine explosion