Two Village Women Injured; 57 Years Old Man Disappeared; Deputy Police Commander of Township Assassinated in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Daw Ma Than Yin, 41, was hit by shell fired from Myanmar navy in Kelandan river on August 11. 

AN. Sittway. August 13, 2020.

Shortly after day light was up, people in violent torn Rakhine State started up with death and injuries yesterday; a police officer was killed, and two village women were injured by gunshot and shell. A 57 years old man has been disappeared since August 10. 

Ma Moe Moe Shwe, 30, was wounded by gunshot in the farm in San U Tike village in Ann township at 11 am yesterday. 

Her family said she was shot when she was picking up vegetables in the farm by Myanmar soldiers stationing in the mountain near the village. She was taken to Ken Htung Gyi hospital in Maybon township.

A shell fired from Myanmar navy landed in in Malar village, Kyauktaw township, at 8 am yesterday and the sharpeners hit Daw Ma Than Yi, 42, at her resident.

Her relative told local news a couple navy were heading to the south of Keladan River yesterday while spraying machine guns and shells to the east and west sides of the river. 

Several shells were landing in Malar village and injured the woman. She was taken to Sittway hospital. 

Local people reported there was no military clash between Arakan Army and Myanmar army near the village. 

Myanmar soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 539 have arrested U Aye Maung, 57, near San Pay Hla village since August 10. 

His wife told local news her husband went to buy homemade cigars in San Pay Hla village at 1 pm from the residential village of Taw Pan Zin. 

Myanmar military were randomly arresting travelers and bystanders near the village with two light trucks. Some villager witnessed U Aye Maung was picked up and pushed into the truck and drove way. 

Family members went to the military base and asked to release him, but the officer denied and drove the family out of the base. 

After one of the soldiers told U Aye Maung has been detained in the LIB 539 base, the family went to see the officer again on August 11. But the officer threatened the family and urged not to come back again.  

Since then the family do not have any contact with the 57 years old arrested man in Kyauktaw township.

Local residents report Tun Naing Oo, deputy commander of police in Kyauktaw, was assassinated by unidentified gunmen inside the police station at 8 pm yesterday. 

They reported they heard gunshots inside police station after 7 pm for about 30 minutes. After the shootout was stop, the lieutenant commander was found dead with gunshot in his head and chest inside the station. 

Violence in Rakhine State is increasing, and there is no sign of easing without having peace between Myanmar army and Arakan Army. 

Local people have been traumatized for violence they are facing daily strike for one and half years. They live in fear and feel they would meet with the same violence one day. 

A local human rights documentation institute—Arakan Information Center (AIC) reports until July 2020, Myanmar army has killed 285 civilians, injured 570, and arrested 606 villagers since the military has been launching offensive operations in Rakhine State and Paletwa township in Chin State in January 2019. 

AIC reports it has recorded 45 villagers have been disappeared, and 233,451 civilians have been displaced until July 2020. 

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