A Police Officer Stabbed and Killed in Downtown Kyauktaw in Linking with Military Shooting and Injuring Several Civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Police officers and border guards arresting and forcing a man in Rakhine State in 2020

AN. Sittway. June 14, 2020
A police officer was stabbed and killed in Kyauktaw, Rakhine State, yesterday evening.  

Local residents reported several unidentified men riding motorbikes stopped near a police officer in the downtown and immediately attacked him by knives and sharpen crew drivers at 3 PM yesterday. The police officer died on the spot. 

The assassinated police officer was identified as Aung Min Zaw, 50, and resident of Ah Pauk Wa village and currently serving joint adjacent commanding officer in Kyauktaw. 

The motive of assassination of the police was linking to the military attack and arrest of villagers in Ah Puak Wa last week. 

About 120 Myanmar soldiers rounded up the village on June 11 and randomly fired guns into the villages and injured 3 residents and detained 2 more village men.

The wounded men were Maung Hla Kyaw, 35, Aung Aung, 19, and Rohingya man Zaw Kee Ramund, 32. There were treated at the village hospital. 

Way Hla Aung, 35, and May HLa, 35, were arrested and detained by the military at the village’s police station. 

After the military stormed Ah Pauk Wa, most villagers ran out and took shelters in nearby villages and in Kyauktaw town. 

For the incident of shooting and injuring civilians, villagers suspected the late police officer Aung Min Zaw wrongfully reported to the military for possible members of Arakan Army were staying in the village. 

This assassination of security officer in Rakhine State is the second time after two military officers were attacked by unidentified assassins in Ponnaygun last week. 

Kyauktaw is assumed to be a strong hold of Arakan Army, and a military officer and two police officers were assassinated in the town last year. 

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