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05 Jun 2019 | 07:10 PM UTC

Myanmar: Seven IEDs detonate in Myebon (Rakhine state) June 4 /update 9

Myanmar News Alert

Seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonate in Myebon (Rakhine state) June 4; Arakan Army (AA) militants suspected of planting IEDs

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Myebon (Rakhine state)

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Event

Seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated on the Yangon-Sittwe Road in Myebon (Rakhine state) on Tuesday, June 4, resulting in damages to the road and a bridge but causing no casualties. Arakan Army (AA) militants are suspected to have planted the IEDs.

Similar attacks are possible in Rakhine state over the coming days and weeks.

Context

Violence resumed in early December 2018 between Rakhine separatists and the military. The Arakan Army seeks greater autonomy for Buddhists in Rakhine state. According to the Myanmar office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 7500 displaced people are scattered across 29 sites in Rakhine due to the violence and 730,000 people in neighboring Bangladesh.

Advice

Individuals in Rakhine state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant and military activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

Travelers are advised to avoid all but essential travel to Rakhine state, except the southern townships of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the tourist resort of Ngapali), and Gwa.

 

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