Last Wednesday the Myanmar military used an armed helicopter to conduct airstrikes on Arakan Army (AA) in a rural area of Buthidaung near Kan Pyin village. The AA said it was the second time the Myanmar military had conducted a major air attack in the north of Rakhine since June 23, 2019.
The village is situated more than 10 kilometres south of downtown Buthidaung. The AA website did not mention any casualty figures but stated that in a separate clash in Ponnagyun Township on the same day AA fighters killed about 10 Tatmadaw personnel under the command of Light Infantry Division No. 22.
A high-ranking AA official said, “When casualties are especially high on the ground, they conduct airstrikes.”
Photo: Myanmar army helicopter. AFP File Photo