A teenage boy and a woman living in Latwel Sardike village, Ponnagyun Township, were hit and injured by stray artillery shells as fighting flared near the village on March 11, locals said.

Dozens of cattle have gone missing in Arakan State’s Pauktaw Township in recent years, according to residents, who say law enforcement has been slow to act on what they suspect is livestock theft.

Fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) that broke out on March 11 near Phat Kya village in Ponnagyun Township has prompted more than 600 residents from Phat Kya to flee to nearby villages, residents said.

An artillery shell landed in Aung Thar Yar village, Kyauktaw Township, on the evening of March 10, killing a woman and injuring seven others, residents said.

The Arakan Army has taken captive as many as 30 military personnel including a commanding officer, captains and soldiers of other ranks, the AA said in a statement.

Two boys stepped on a landmine near Arkar Taung (Muslim) village in Rathedaung Township, Arakan State, on March 10, killing one and injuring the other, residents said.

A total of 4,022 students in Arakan State were absent from the first day of matriculation exams on March 11, the Department of Myanmar Examinations said. That absentee rate of nearly 8.2% was nearly 2 percentage points higher than the national average, with education administrators citing conflict-related challenges as among the drivers of the attendance shortfall.

Two men detained by the Tatmadaw over the weekend in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township were released at about 9 a.m. on March 10.

One woman was killed and a man was injured when gunfire showered Long Shay village, Kyauktaw Township, on the morning of March 10, village administrator U Aung Mya Kyaw told DMG.

Buthidaung Township MP U Maung Kyaw Zan said he was targeted in the complaint because he told Reuters of how residents in Buthidaung Township’s Kin Taung (Muslim) village were killed by an artillery shell blast on January 25.

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