Burma and Bangladesh border forces exchange fire

Burma and Bangladesh border forces exchange fire

An exchange of fire broke out between Burmese and Bangladeshi border patrols in the Naf River on Wednesday morning leaving injuries on both sides, according to Arakan State officials and Bangladeshi news reports.

Tin Maung Swe, secretary of the Arakan State regional government, told DVB that a brief exchange of small-arms fire broke out when Burmese border guards, who were patrolling an estuary of the Naf River, spotted a boat entering Burmese territory.

“The incident took place at around 6am in the morning in Burmese waters close to the border. A Burmese patrol spotted a suspicious looking boat, and ordered it to stop. Occupants of the boat opened fire with small arms. The Burmese guards, because they were being shot at, returned fire,” said Tin Maung Swe, adding that a private from the Burmese Border Guard Police’s 4th Battalion sustained a gunshot wound to his foot in the incident.

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi news article reported that the incident took place in Bangladeshi waters and that one Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member had gone missing following the fight.

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