On Tuesday morning, a convoy of four police vehicles was hit twice by mine explosions near the border between Kyauktaw and Ponnagyun townships in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, killing one police captain and injuring five other officers.
Colonel Win Zaw Oo, a spokesperson for the Myanmar military’s Western Command said to the media, “The convoy from Kyaukphyu-based No. 32 Police Battalion was struck by the mines as it was traveling to the state capital Sittwe from Kyauktaw.”
The first blast occurred at the boundary of Kyauktaw and Ponnagyun townships; the second occurred near the village of Pyaing Chaung, around 63 kilometers from the scene of the first attack. The injured were rushed to a hospital but the police captain died on the way, Colonel Win Zaw Oo added.
Earlier on Monday, Kyauktaw Township’s Police officer Saw Than Lwin was stabbed near the township’s jetty and is receiving medical treatment at a hospital. At the very same day, a soldier from the Myanmar military was killed, whose wife was injured when an artillery shell struck their house in Rakhine State’s Minbya Township.