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5 including Brigadier General were killed by rebels in Myanmar

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Five army personnel, including a top army officer, have been killed in an attack by insurgents in Myanmar. The top official is said to be a Brigadier General.

Myanmar media Irrawaddy reported that rebels shot down a junta helicopter in the sky of Thingan Nainang city in Karen state on Monday afternoon. At this time, 5 members of the security forces including a Brigadier General were killed. The rebels shot down three planes of the junta forces this month.

A member of the security forces said on condition of anonymity, “Two servicemen in the helicopter survived.” He could not give any more detailed information in this regard.

Other local media reported that the rebel group, the Karen National Union and their allies, the People’s Defense Force, had attacked.

Since October last year, three rebel groups in northern Myanmar—Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA)—started a joint fight against the junta forces. Then last Friday another rebel group Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) joined them.

Fighters from this rebel group are fighting against the junta forces throughout Myanmar. Already, several areas and important cities have been taken over by the rebels, and the junta forces have been exhausted.

For the past four days, the junta forces have been fighting fiercely with the Arakan Army in Myanmar’s Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh. So far 12 deaths have been reported. Thousands of Rohingya people are fleeing the state in fear of their lives.

Earlier in 2017, when the Myanmar army started a massive crackdown on the Rohingyas, the Rohingyas were forced to leave the country en masse. At that time, more than 1.2 million Rohingyas crossed the border and sought refuge in Bangladesh. Now they are living in the largest refugee camp in the world in Cox’s Bazar.

In the current situation, there is a fear of Rohingyas crossing the border and entering Bangladesh again.


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