Colonel Win Zaw Oo of the Western Command, which covers Rakhine, said the convoy was passing north of Yaw Creek when it was attacked by AA fighters. The attack damaged several vehicles.
“Arriving at Yaw Creek bridge, our convoy was ambushed by the AA. Three soldiers were injured and the vehicles were damaged,” he said. “The AA’s claim that they had been attacked by helicopters was not true. If they were bombed by helicopters, all of them would have been killed.”
He denied that the Tatmadaw dropped bombs along Yaw Creek.
AA spokesperson Khaing Thukha said 10 soldiers were killed in the attack between Ingyin and Hin Kayaw villages late Tuesday morning.
Khaing Thukha said before the fight broke out, Tatmadaw helicopter gunships dropped bombs along the creek, forcing the AA fighters to counterattack.
The fighting forced about 100 villagers in Hin Kha Yaw to flee to Kan Htaung Gyi overnight, according to residents. Hin Kha Yaw has more than 400 people in about 100 houses.
The local non-governmental organisation said fighting between the AA and military since November last year had displaced about 85,000 villagers.
Christine Schraner Burgener, the UN secretary general’s special envoy on Myanmar, has proposed third-party mediation to end the fighting in Rakhine. The Arakan National Party said it is willing to act as mediator if the government wants.
Last week, the Tatmadaw rejected an offer by the AA to swap prisoners, saying it does not negotiate with terrorists.
The AA is holding several soldiers, police officers, a prison official and an Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) MP, whom it seized in Paletwa township, Chin State, on November 3.
The AA, established in 2009 and comprised mostly of ethnic Rakhine people, is fighting for greater autonomy from the government. – Translated