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Myanmar authorities forces flee into Bangladesh throughout combating with an ethnic armed group

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Members of Myanmar Border Guard Police, in civilian clothes, sit beneath the shade of bushes after abandoning their posts following an alleged assault by members of the Arakan Army as Bangladesh border guards stand guard in Ghumdhum, Bandarban, Bangladesh, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024.
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Nearly 100 members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police have fled their posts and brought shelter in Bangladesh throughout combating between Myanmar safety forces and an ethnic minority military, an official of Bangladesh’s border company mentioned Monday.

Shariful Islam, spokesperson for Border Guard Bangladesh, mentioned by telephone that the Myanmar forces entered Bangladesh over final two days to flee combating with the Arakan Army in Myanmar’s Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh.

They entered Bangladesh by the Tombru border in Bandarban district, he mentioned.

“In total 95, Myanmar troops are there now,” he mentioned. “They have been disarmed and taken to safe places.”

Since Saturday, gunshots may very well be heard coming from the Myanmar aspect of the border, native media reported.

The Arakan Army is the well-trained navy wing of the Rakhine ethnic minority searching for autonomy from the central authorities and has been attacking Army outposts within the western state since mid-November.

It is a part of an alliance of ethnic minority Armies that launched an offensive in late October, gaining strategic territory within the nation’s northeast bordering China. Its success was broadly seen as a significant defeat for the navy authorities, which seized energy in February 2021 from the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi and is now embroiled in a wide-ranging civil warfare.

The alliance, known as the Three Brotherhood Alliance, mentioned in a press release Monday that the Arakan Army had attacked two border outposts in Maungdaw township in Rakhine state and captured one in every of them on Sunday.

Khaing Thukha, an Arakan Army spokesperson, mentioned later Monday that combating was nonetheless persevering with on the second outpost.

Myanmar’s navy authorities made no instant remark.

The alliance contains the Arakan Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army.

Bangladesh shares a 271-km border with Myanmar and hosts greater than 1 million Muslim Rohingya refugees, a lot of whom fled from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar beginning in late August 2017 when its navy launched a brutal “clearance operation” in opposition to them following assaults by an rebel group.

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