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Myanmar ethnic armed group claims control of western town

Published : Sunday, 19 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 109

BANGKOK, May 18: A Myanmar ethnic minority armed group on Saturday claimed its fighters had seized control of a town in western Rakhine state, in what would be another blow to the junta.
Clashes have rocked Rakhine since the Arakan Army (AA) attacked security forces in November, ending a ceasefire that had largely held since the 2021 military coup.
AA fighters have seized territory, including along the border with India and Bangladesh, piling further pressure on the junta as it battles opponents elsewhere across the Southeast Asian           country.
"We seized all bases of the Myanmar Army in Buthidaung," in northern Rakhine state, the AA said on its Telegram channel on Saturday.
Those seized included a "military strategic headquarters", it added, without giving details.
Its fighters were still clashing with junta troops outside the town, it said.
Buthidaung sits around 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of state capital Sittwe, which is still held by the military.
Earlier this month, the AA said it had taken hundreds of junta personnel prisoner following an assault on a command near the Buthidaung.
A junta spokesman has been approached for comment.
Communication with Rakhine is extremely difficult, with most mobile networks down.    —AFP

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