'Myanmar Army Admitted It Uses 122mm Multiple Rocket Launcher System Fighting with Arakan Army'

'Myanmar Army Admitted It Uses 122mm Multiple Rocket Launcher System Fighting with Arakan Army'

May 30, 2019. Sittway

At 4.30 am in the morning, unusual rocket firing broke out in Buthidaug, North-West Rakhine State. Residents and villagers suddenly woke up. They were shocked.

“Granpa, be quiet and close your ears,” a boy on video footage told his grandfather. He said, “It is coming again.” 

The villagers had never heard of and seen such big gun firing and lighted up in the dark sky constantly. It was somehow new to them, and felt it was like World War III. 

Myanmar Army attacked Arakan Army on Lomra Mountain in North of Pannaygun Township on April 28, 30 kilo meters from the base of MRLS firing. The army believed AA had bases in the mountain. 

The MRLS contains with 40 rockets and fired individually one after another for several rounds on Saturday night. 

This is the first time in history of 70 years Myanmar Army used MRLS attacking local resistant armed organization, or civil war. It had fought with Kachin and Shan but never used it. 

Myanmar Army Spokesperson Major General Zaw Win Tun admitted the army used MRLS fighting with AA. 

He said, “We use it, we use MRLS on either Friday\nor Saturday, and one of these days.” 

The multiple rockets covered a wide range of areas in the mountain where AA stronghold was believed to be set. 
No further independent sources could confirm the Myanmar Army attacked AA base other than the rocket firing to the mountain.

Local people have been rumoring there is AA stronghold in the mountain and mobilizes its troops to Kyauktaw and Mrauk U, about 20 to 30 kilo meters from the base.

Casualties are unknown from both sides, but the spokesperson says the AA withdrew from the base. 

One week ago and before the Saturday rocket firing, Myanmar Army’s fighter jets and helicopters dropped bombs and fired gunships to the mountain. 

Military analysists and observers reveal Myanmar Army have used most deadly weapons in history-the fighter jets, helicopters, artilleries, and MRLS-fighting against Arakan Army since January.

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