The Arakan Army, a rebel group, has been fighting fiercely for several days in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, bordering Bangladesh, with the army of the junta government. In the meantime, the Arakan Army has claimed the occupation of a military base in Minbia city.
Myanmar media Irrawaddy reported that the Arakan Army claimed to take over a base of 380 battalion of the Myanmar army in the city of Minbia last Monday.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Arakan Army said that in the town of Mrauk U, the junta government’s 377 and 540 battalions of the army and 31 battalion of the police were firing. During this time, four local residents were killed and at least 20 people were injured.
Local residents said that for more than a week, junta forces have been shelling the town with artillery and airstrikes. We are very scared. At least three residents were seriously injured in army shelling in Khoa Son village of Minbia city.
Irrawaddy reports that junta forces are carrying out airstrikes in the city of Minbiya. However, there was no news of face-off between the junta forces and the rebels in this city.
Earlier, Arakan Army fighters captured Paktao town on January 24. Since then, the army started airstrikes and shelling in the city.
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.