Four Police Killed in Attack on Burma-Bangladesh Border
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Four Police Killed in Attack on Burma-Bangladesh Border

Part of the Burma-Bangladesh border fence is seen from a village in Bangladesh. (Photo: Nyein Chan / The Irrawaddy)

Four border guard police officers were killed and another wounded after a clash with an armed group along the Burma-Bangladesh border in Maungdaw Township, northern Arakan State, on Saturday, local authorities say.

A state government spokesman told The Irrawaddy that the attackers’ identity was unknown, and that the presence of local border security forces and military personnel had been bolstered in the wake of the attack.

“We don’t have a plan to talk with the Bangladeshi government regarding these attacks as we don’t know who the assailants are,” said Win Myaing, the Arakan State government spokesman, adding that such incidents were not uncommon for the western border region.

A total of seven police officers, from border post Nos. 52 and 53, were on patrol when the attack took place. Two police officers who had initially gone missing following the ambush were found unharmed on Sunday and the bodies of the deceased have been recovered.

Police inspector Nway Oo Maung was wounded in the attack and is receiving treatment at Maungdaw hospital, a Maungdaw district police officer on duty said.

The officer on duty claimed that the border guard personnel were victims of an ambush by members of the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) while they were patrolling near border post No. 52, though that allegation could not be independently verified.

“The situation on Monday is stable in the area,” the officer told The Irrawaddy.

On the morning of May 13, two people were killed in a separate attack at border post No. 39, police Col. Shwe Than told The Irrawaddy last week, saying the armed men had retreated across the Bangladesh border afterward.

He said he suspected that the attackers were members of the Bangladesh-based RSO because the organization is the only armed group in the area, aside from the Burma and Bangladesh governments’ border forces. The RSO is a militant group founded in the 1980s, though its reach and combat capabilities are subject to debate.

On May 3, four civilians were killed by an unknown armed group that allegedly came from across the border. Those slain in that attack were the Thinbawkwae village administrator Zaw Kawria and three of his family members in Maungdaw.

At the Bangladesh border, fencing is being carried out by Burmese soldiers and police, but local residents have told The Irrawaddy that they are worried about their security due to the perceived inadequacy of the border fence’s deterrent capability.

In November 2012, three Burmese Army soldiers were allegedly abducted in the area, prompting the Burmese government to temporarily seal the border at the Maungdaw crossing.

Additional reporting by Khin Oo Tha.


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6 Responses to Four Police Killed in Attack on Burma-Bangladesh Border

  1. What I find amazing is Irrawaddy always leaves a doubt deliberately about who the insurgents are. The use of the word “alleged” always appears, whereas when it comes to allegations relating to massacres, they are never “alleged” even though these cannot be substantiated.

  2. Where is the Army? Border patrol and Border guard job must be doing by Army and not Police. Police force does not have resource Border Guard duty. Police duty is to ensure observance of laws and rules in community.

    As I commented in the past, generation of Military regime is ignored Rakhine state because they can not make big money like in Shan state. Army officers are always making millions of dollars from illicit Drug, Gems and Timber traffickers in Shan state.

    Dear President U Thein Sein, please deploy Army on border with Bangladesh. Its shame armed Bengali bandit group had murdered 4 border guard Police officers. Border guards should be patrolling on fully equipped Armor Vehicles.

    Military duty is to protect Burmese citizens and country sovereignty. Army does not need to protect nation sovereign inside Parliament. Unelected Military MPs should be sending to Rakhine state to protect nation sovereignty.

  3. Where is the Army? Border patrol and Border guard job must be doing by Army and not Police. Police force does not have resource for Border Guard duty. Police duty is to ensure observance of laws and rules in community.

    As I commented in the past, generation of Military regime is ignored Rakhine state because they can not make big money like in Shan state. Army officers are always making millions of dollars from illicit Drug, Gems and Timber traffickers in Shan state.

    Dear President U Thein Sein, please deploy Army on border with Bangladesh. Its shame armed Bengali bandit group had murdered 4 border guard Police officers. Border guards should be patrolling on fully equipped Armor Vehicles.

    Military duty is to protect Burmese citizens and country sovereignty. Army does not need to protect nation sovereign inside Parliament. Unelected Military MPs should be sending to Rakhine state to protect nation sovereignty.

  4. This is not to be tolerated at all. Why Win Myaing backed off without talking with the Bangladesh authority? We must demand their investigation and unearth the RSO bastards as long as the group hides in their territory. Government must reinforce arm personals with more than adequate weapons and ammunition. Do it right now and annihilate those vagabonds.

  5. No more RSO exist in Bangladesh, because Dr Yunos is now too mold.

    This is the work of Arakan Liberation Army ( ALP )led by Buddhist group. Because these group can enter Bangladesh without passport due to their relative are living in Bangladesh since 17th century at Awakyunt.

    There is no Muslims fighter exist at this moment in Bangladesh. Just it is a conspiracy story and make-up or fake.

  6. Though RSO’s combat capabilities are open to question, today’s RSO is not yesteryear’s RSO, it is a totally new outfit that include members of ARNO. In recent days, shiploads of arms, ammo, mortars and landmines have been filtered into Rakhine for bigger attacks, according to unconfirmed reports from border areas. The Irrawaddy has always questioned the Rohingyas’ ability to mobilize and fight a war of attrition. It is not because these Kalas are weak, but because the Irrawaddy disastrously lacks its ability to squeeze news from the horse’s mouth and because it is just a pawn of the western anti-Burmese forces. On 17th evening there were hundreds of shelling done in the border area. Have you reported on this yet?

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