- Web Master
- February 17, 2024
The Arakan Army (AA)
launched an offensive against two border guard camps Taung Pro Let Wae and
Taung Pro Let Yar on the Bangladesh- Arakan border in northern Maungdaw
locality at 5:10 am on Sunday. By 6 pm, the entire Taung Pro Let Yar camp was
captured by AA fighters.
Later Taung Pro Let Wae camp
was also captured on Tuesday evening.
Over 200 junta soldiers and
border guard personnel from both the camps crossed Naf river on the Bangladesh
border and arrived in the neighbouring country with weapons.
During gun fighting the
junta's border guard forces collaborated with the
armed groups namely Arakan Rohingya Army (ARA) and Arakan Solidarity
Organization (RSO)and tried to resist the AA offensive.
Later the AA fighters
recovered a number of bodies including those of ARA & RSO rebels. A
large volume of arms and ammunition were also seized.
The AA claims in a statement
that the junta soldiers had an understanding with the Muslim rebel groups.
While escaping the camps they sold a number of weapons for Bangladeshi Taka ten
million and also sought assistance from the ARA rebels to flee to Bangladesh.
This information was obtained from the captured prisoners of war.
Additionally, the AA stated that according to these prisoners of war, the border guard forces and Nobi Hossain led ARA had enjoyed close understanding.
Among the captured ARA camps
many were used to store arms and ammunition taken from Taung Pro Let Wae and
Let Yar camps. Other items like 69 bags of WY, 28 bags of crystal
methamphetamine and plastic equipment were also recovered by AA fighters.
The ARA camps are
constructed with bricks on the bank of Naf river. One camp was near Taung
Pro Let Wae and there is a 1,000-meter concrete walkway.
There is a Border Guard Bangladesh
(BGB) camp also on the other side of Naf fiver. They were frequently moving
The ARA managed to obtain
some weapons from the junta's warehouses as they were present in the camps when
the camps were captured. They acquired most of the weapons from the camp
within a short time as the junta soldiers and ARA rebels engaged in understanding
in front of AA fighters.
The ARA rebels entered Bangladesh and transported arms and ammunition in a vehicle.
The AA leaders informed that they are still interrogating the prisoners of war for more inputs.
At the same time, the AA
emphasized on peace, stability, security and social harmony throughout the
region adjacent to the Bangladesh border and reiterated their commitment to
ensure security to the Arakanese people.