The detainees have been identified as U Kyaw Min Aung, 32, and U Htay Lwin, 33, from Paletwa’s Paloketaung ward. They were arrested at about 5 p.m. on Sunday on their way from Yaytinkhun village to Paletwa carrying commodities, Paletwa resident U Aung Aung said. 

The Arakan Army (AA) issued a press release on October 19 saying it was responsible for the abduction of three National League for Democracy (NLD) candidates contesting the upcoming general election in Taungup Township, Arakan State.

Five allied ethnic political parties have decried the Union Election Commission’s recent announcement on constituencies where voting will not take place for the upcoming general election. 

Three student activists and a supporter were arrested after they staged an anti-war demonstration in the Arakan State capital Sittwe on October 19. 

Lawmakers have warned that cancelled elections could widen the conflict arena in Arakan State as voters in the affected townships are deprived of parliamentary politics as an avenue for political expression and recourse.

A primary school assistant teacher was killed when an artillery shell exploded near Ywa Thit Kay village in Arakan State’s Rathedaung Township on October 19, the mother of the victim told DMG. 


An 8-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an artillery shell landed and exploded in Mrauk-U Township, Arakan State, on October 19, according to residents.  


The majority of homes in Rathedaung Township’s Aung Thazi village were damaged or destroyed by artillery fire amid fierce clashes last week between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army, according to local villagers. 

Eight election signboards erected by the Arakan National Party (ANP) across Arakan State were destroyed over the first 40 days of the general election’s official campaign period, according to the ANP election campaign committee.

The Chin State government has said it will sell rice at low prices to residents in Paletwa Township, according to a cabinet official.


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