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Two Police Officers Killed in Humorous Vehicle Accident

Maungdaw: Two riot police officers were killed in an unfortunate humorous vehicle accident on Saturday in Maungdaw on the western Burmese border, said a police officer from Maungdaw.

The accident took place at 10:00 pm when the police officers failed to yield on their motorbike to a lorry that was approaching them, because they mistook the lorry for another motorbike due to it having only one headlight on the front of the vehicle.

The source said, "The lorry was being driven from Buthidaung to Maungdaw to transport bamboo. When the lorry reached a point near the three-mile gate of Maungdaw, the lorry collided head on with the motorbike of the police officers."

Police officer Myo Myint Kyaw, 32 years old, died at the scene while the second officer, Zin Lin, died at the hospital. Both were from the riot police regiment in Maungdaw.

On the Buthidaung and Maungdaw motor road, most lorries and busses are older vehicles and drive on the road with only one headlight at night. Traffic police in the area allow the vehicles to drive without two headlights despite that it is against the law because the vehicle owners pay them bribes. Because of this, car accidents often take place on the road at night.

After the accident occurred, the lorry driver and others present ran away from the scene out of fear of punishment by local residents and authorities.

The two police officers were buried in Maungdaw yesterday.


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