Police convoy attacked in Northern Rakhine; Locals say officers killed

Police convoy attacked in Northern Rakhine; Locals say officers killed

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At least two police officers were among those killed in an attack on a police convoy on the main road through northern Rakhine State’s Ponnagyun Township on Wednesday night, according to police, local residents and photos on Facebook.

Residents of Pan Nilar Village said they heard a loud explosion followed by multiple rounds of gunfire that night and that they visited the site this morning.

One villager, who asked not to be named, said he saw six dead bodies — four of them badly burned — inside a total of four vehicles.

Other local residents also said they saw dead bodies at the scene, as well as a damaged police van that appeared to have caught fire and civilian car. They said they saw two more damaged police vans about a mile south down the road. They said the vehicles were travelling from Kyauktaw Township toward Sittwe, the state capital.

Photos of the scene circulated on Facebook show a white sedan with multiple bullet holes and the bodies of two men in police uniforms.

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