- Web Master
- December 09, 2023
It has been reported
that one person was killed when the military fired upon a Honda boat returning
from Minbya Township to Pauktaw Township in Rakhine State. As of now, the body
has not been recovered.
The boat originated
from Hpa Tu village, Pauktaw Township. While navigating the Nga Tan Pyin creek
in Minbya Township on the morning of December 6, the 541st Light Infantry
Battalion, stationed in Bu Pin village near Minbya Township, opened fire, as
reported by a villager.
"He went to call
his sisters in Minbya Township. On the way back from Minbya Township to Hpa Tu
village in Pauktaw Township, the 541st Battalion, based in Bu Pin village, shot
at the boat with a machine gun," the villager said.
The deceased is
42-year-old U Maung Win Hlaing from Hpa Tu village, Pauktaw Township. As of
now, the body has not been retrieved, said a social activist.
"It is known
that we have not been able to recover the body until now. Currently, the
military is still firing guns," the social activist reported.
A person close to Hpa
Tu village informed Narinjara that the remaining three women and one child on
the boat managed to escape unharmed.
"Only one person
was shot, while the other three managed to escape.”
The family is
currently reported to be in Nga Tan Pyin Village, Minbya Township, but has not
been reached by Narinjara for contact.
Residents stated that
starting around 9:30 a.m. on December 6, the 541st Light Infantry Battalion,
located on Mal Taw mountain about 1 mile south of Minbya Township, opened fire
on motorcycles traveling near the town and boats in the Minbya River, including
the Nga Tan Pyin creek.
On December 5, the
battalion fired upon pedestrians, causing them to flee to safety.
Arakan Army (AA)
spokesperson U Khaing Thukha informed Narinjara in an interview today that from
November 13 to December 5, 29 people were killed, and 110 were injured due to
artillery shells and small arms fired by the Military Council in Rakhine.