Rakhine rebels abduct dozens in Myanmar | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 14, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:53 AM, October 14, 2019

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens in Myanmar

Suspected ethnic Rakhine rebels disguised as a sports team stormed a bus in rural Myanmar and took 31 hostages -- mostly off-duty firefighters and construction workers -- authorities said yesterday. The state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar said the bus -- travelling to the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe -- was flagged down by a man dressed in civilian attire before 18 rebels in sportswear emerged from the forest and ordered the passengers off at gunpoint. “We are still following them,” Colonel Win Zaw Oo told AFP, adding the insurgents may have mistaken the firemen for members of the armed forces.

 

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