Source: GreatGameIndia Mon., May 18, 2020
A WHO driver carrying Coronavirus samples has been shot dead in Myanmar. The World Health Organization (WHO) vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples came under attack, leaving the driver dead and a government official seriously injured.
The WHO confirmed that Pyae Sone Win Maung died of his injuries after the attack in the Minbya township in the north-western state of Rakhine. Reuters reported that the vehicle had come under gunfire.
Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a well-marked United Nations vehicle when it was hit by gunfire in Rakhine State. The UN says dozens of civilians have been killed as fighting between the military and the armed ethnic Arakan Army group escalated in recent weeks.
The two sides have blamed each other for the WHO driver’s death. Both the military in Myanmar (also called Burma) and the Arakan Army deny being involved. Myanmar’s Maj-Gen Tun Tun Nyi, a military spokesman, said his forces had no reason to attack the UN vehicle.
According to a post on Facebook, the marked vehicle was travelling from Sittwe to Yangon bringing Covid-19 surveillance samples “in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports”.
The UN did not say who carried out the shooting, which also left a government employee injured.
The ongoing crisis in Myanmar including tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities and the military crackdown by Myanmar Army and police is a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved.