In push to control northern Rakhine, Arakan Army captures junta bases in Maungdaw, Buthidaung townships

The ethnic armed group aims to force the military out of Rakhine State’s two northernmost townships

The Arakan Army (AA) overtook two key military bases in northern Rakhine State’s Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships this week, the ethnic armed organisation said in a Tuesday statement.

After being surrounded for weeks by AA troops, around 100 junta soldiers trapped in the Tamin Thar police station in Maungdaw reportedly surrendered to the ethnic armed organisation on Monday, allowing the group to seize the site.

On the same day, after a month of attacks, the AA captured the base of the military’s Infantry Battalion (IB) 552 in neighbouring Buthidaung. 

The victory came “amid the Myanmar junta’s heavy offensives by land and air,” the AA said on Tuesday, adding that its members had seized a cache of ammunition and taken surviving Myanmar army soldiers into its custody. 

The group is still searching for troops that escaped the offensive.

According to locals, six military bases remain in. . .

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