At least nine Myanmar Police officers were killed and four others injured on Sunday in multiple attacks on border guard posts along the Myanmar’s troubled frontier with Bangladesh.
Speaking at a press conference, national police chief Zaw Win said that eight attackers, identified only as “insurgent terrorists” but believed by officials to belong to a Muslim group, were killed and two were captured alive in clashes in the western state of Rakhine since the early hours of Sunday, reports the Guardian.
According to Win, the attacks were instigated when some 90 assailants stormed a police force office in Kyiganbyin village of Maungdaw Township. The attackers killed six police officers, wounded two others and seized 51 weapons and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in the initial attack, he added.
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A simultaneous attack on a border police camp in Kyeedangauk village, Rathidaung Township, also killed one police officer and wounded two others, Win said.
Stating that the third incident took place in Buthidaung Township at 4:30 a.m., which left two more police dead and one missing, he said, seven alleged attackers were killed in that clash. An order was issued by the authorities on Sunday that imposed a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and prohibited gatherings of five or more people in Maungdaw Township.