Deserter Killed in
An army deserter was killed
by the Burmese army during an armed clash between a column of soldiers and the
deserter deep in the forest of the western border near
The deserter, who was from Light Infantry
Battalion 344 based in Akyab, the capital of
The armed clash between the deserter and the
Burmese army took place in the early morning hours of 21 November,
three hours after the deserter had left the outpost for the
According to a local village source, the armed clash lasted around five minutes with several guns being fired in the small battle.
The deserter had taken a BA 63 automatic
rifle and a number of bullets from the outpost; he was thought to be joining
with the Arakanese rebel groups on the western
Similarly, on 14 November, two Burmese soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 234 deserted along with arms and ammunitions. However, the army has yet to be able to seize the two deserters.
A source close to the army said the rate of desertions has been increasing by the day, with some soldiers taking weapons and ammunition with them when they desert.