NGO worker shot in Mrauk-U in critical condition

30 July 2019
NGO worker shot in Mrauk-U in critical condition
A maan walks along the road near ancient pagodas in Mrauk U, Rakhine State. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

An international NGO worker shot Sunday by the Myanmar military in Mrauk-U town in Rakhine state is in critical condition and has been charged with a terrorism-related offense, RFA reported.

Ye Lin Naing, a 25-year-old employee of the global humanitarian and children’s rights organization Plan International was shot as he rode a motorbike through the town’s Kyauk Yitkay ward, where a government military regiment is stationed for security purposes.

Brigadier General Win Zaw Oo, spokesman for the military’s Western Regional Command responsible for Rakhine state, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that the man was hit by a warning shot that was fired because he failed to stop as he was ordered to do.

He also said items found on Ye Lin Naing during a search raised soldiers’ suspicions.