RAKHINE – The Arakan Army (AA) has completely captured the Koe Tan Kout Border Camp in Rathedaung Township, and Mrauk-U has also become a junta-clear zone, according to a source within the AA.
On February 8, the AA initiated an attack on the Koe Tan Kout camp, located beside the Angu Maw – Maungdaw Road in the southwest of Rathedaung Township. By the second day at 11:45 a.m., the AA had completely captured it after carrying out the offensive for two days.
Similarly, AA comrades have completely captured the junta police battalion – 31 in Mrauk-U, which was the last junta camp in Mrauk-U Township. As a result, this township has become a junta-clear area, fully controlled by the AA.
Battles continue in Rathedaung, Maungdaw, Kyauk Phyu, and many other places in Rakhine.
On February 9, around 4:30 a.m., junta soldiers from infantry battalion – 537 fired heavy artillery shells at Rathedaung, targeting villages such as Maukan, Min Phu, Aung Min, Kyay Ta Pin, Aung Seik, and Than Chaung. Simultaneously, jet fighters carried out airstrikes in the area.
The AA is also attacking the Kyein Chaung border camp near Kyein Chaung Village, north of Maungdaw Township, as the junta soldiers refuse to surrender. This camp has been the site where junta soldiers have been stationed for an extended period, often firing heavy artillery shells at civilian areas.
On February 9, at 11:11 a.m., junta soldiers stationed at Thein Hill Pagoda fired heavy artillery shells at Ramree Town and its residential wards. Additionally, on February 9, at 5:15 p.m., junta soldiers, traveling in three cars from Kyauk Phyu Town, illegally detained four innocent civilians from Gone Chon Village, using weapons to abduct them to downtown.