Search for missing villager in mountains comes up empty handed

Thar Shwe Oo + Than Hlaing
Security personnel carry out their search operation for the missing person. (Photo-Maung Aye)

Security forces and villagers have been searching for one of three people who had been collecting shells on the Mayu mountain range. They discovered some personal items of the missing person and some huts that were allegedly built by terrorists.   

Despite the efforts of the combined team, the person has not been found. The personal items they found were an empty polyethylene bag and a catapult.

Maung Aye, a villager from Beseik village in Yathetdaung Township of Rakhine State, said: “A combined team comprising security forces and villagers – which had been divided into two groups – carried out the search operations. Three hideouts were found where huts were built. If they are roofed, terrorists can hide there. In the next hut four bags of rice and 40 plates were found.

“In another hut, pieces of wire were also found. Security forces did not allow the villagers to enter the suspected huts in case bombs had been planted there. Arrows were also found.”

The villagers from Nyaungbinhla village arrested one suspected Bengali coming down from the Mayu mountain range and handed over the suspect to the Border Guard Force. The suspect is being interrogated by the authorities.

  The huts allegedly built by terrorists were found by the 26-member search team. They sent the photo records of the hideouts to the security forces.

Three people  from Buthidaung Township left for the Mayu mountain range to collect shells on July 27 and two of them returned to the village.

The security forces are continuing their search for the missing person.