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Naypyitaw, November 4, 2019:

Two Indian nationals have been held hostage by the insurgent group, Arakan Army, in Myanmar. According to reports, the Indian nationals, along with an MP from Myanmar, were kidnapped while they were on their way to Sittwe from Paletwa to work on a road project.
The Indian team is working on a road project connecting India’s Mizoram to Sittwe Port in Rakhine state, sources said.

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On October 28, the security forces of Myanmar said that they managed to rescue 14 people abducted by the Arakan Army rebels in Rakhine state with the help of armed helicopters.

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Myanmar’s information ministry said, in a statement, said that some people were abducted by the Arakan Army, an armed wing of the United League of Arakan (ULA).

The abducted people included Tatmadaw personnel, police officers, service personnel, and civilians onboard Shwenadi Watercraft en route from Sittway to Buthidaung near Yemyat village on October 26.

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According to the Ministry of Information, the Arakan Army opened fire at the helicopter which was used to transport security forces to the nearest site of the abduction for the rescue operation.

The insurgents failed to shoot it down but it hit the body of the helicopter and the pilot got injured. Later, an armed helicopter supported in carrying the security forces to complete the mission.

It may be mentioned here that the Arakan Army was established in 2009 by ethnic Rakhine Buddhists with an objective to seek greater autonomy from the central government and the rebel group wants self-determination for the multi-ethnic Arakanese population.

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