After three days of fierce fighting, fighters of the Arakan Army have captured Taung Po (left), a stronghold of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) on the border with Bangladesh. On Tuesday, they announced to occupy this checkpoint in Maungdoo city.
The Arakan Army attacked BGP’s Taung Po (left) Chowki and Taung Po (right) military bases simultaneously last Sunday. They occupied the army base that day. Since then, unable to survive the fight, more than 300 Myanmar army personnel and BGP fled to Bangladesh and took shelter. Meanwhile, the Arakan Army clashed with the junta forces in several other towns in Rakhine state — Mrauk-U, Kyauktao, Ramri, An and Mibon — on Tuesday. Within 10 days, Arakan Army fighters have taken control of two more bases of the junta forces in the northern part of Rakhine.
The country’s various ethnic armed groups are fighting to overthrow the junta government. They formed the Brotherhood Alliance. Arakan Army is one of the members of this alliance. On October 27 last year, they launched special anti-junta operation 1027 in the northern Shan state. The insurgents have taken control of most of the state, including 20 cities and important trade routes with China.
The rebels stopped attacking Shan State in the second week of January after a Chinese-brokered ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government. However, as part of Operation 1027, the Arakan Army has been carrying out a large-scale attack on Paletawa in Rakhine State and the neighboring Chin State since November 13.
The Arakan Army has captured 170 outposts and 3 towns from the Junta forces so far. The cities under their control are Minbiah and Pauktao in Rakhine and the southern port city of Paletao in Chin State.
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