Fierce fighting and explosion in Rakhine state of Myanmar

Firing, shelling overnight near Mongdu Shek Teknaf

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Teknaf Municipality Panel Mayor Nurul Islam said 20-25 mortar shell explosions were heard from the border area from Friday evening to early Saturday morning and 10-15 explosions were heard the previous day. Both sides engaged in intense firing to capture or retake border posts at Balibazar and Perangpru, north of Maungdu town. As a result, people in Teknaf are spending sleepless nights.

Wykong Union Council panel chairman Shah Jalal said people in his area heard sounds of gunfire and mortar shell explosions throughout the night. The children started screaming out of fear.

He said the Arakan Army had taken control of the Totardiya area on the banks of the Nef River on the other side of the Wyekong Union two weeks ago and now Myanmar security forces were trying to recapture it.

Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) MD Adnan Chaudhary said that though loud sounds of fresh firing were heard at several places, no bullets were reportedly hit on the Teknaf border.

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