Security forces in Myanmar killed an international aid worker in the country’s Western Rakhine State, a troubled region where state-sponsored violence has targeted minority Muslims and the military has been cracking down on rebellious Buddhists.
Twenty five-year-old Ye Lin Naing, a member of the Plan International aid group, was driving a motorbike in Mrauk U Township in Rakhine on Sunday when a trooper opened fire at him “as a warning shot” to stop, according to a statement from the office of the Myanmarese military’s commander-in-chief on Tuesday, presstv reproted.
The military claimed that the shot, however, hit him, wounding him critically. The aid worker later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The statement also alleged that Ye was carrying a grenade and charged him under a counter-terrorism law.
Ye is the first international aid worker killed in the violence in Rakhine.
Plan International is a prominent development and humanitarian agency that works in 71 countries across the world. In Myanmar, it provides aid to displaced households and children affected by the conflict in Rakhine.