At least 19 members of the country’s border police were killed in an attack by the Arakan Army (AA), a separatist group, in Maungdoo town of Myanmar’s Rakhine province, near the border with Bangladesh. Myanmar’s military has resumed airstrikes in Rakhine after the Arakan Army seized a Maungdoo police checkpoint and killed a policeman. Thailand-based Myanmar daily The Irrawaddy says the Arakan Army killed 19 Myanmar policemen after taking over a checkpoint in Maungdoo town near the Bangladesh border on Wednesday. At that time, members of the Arakan Army looted firearms, ammunition and other weapons from that check post. Irrawaddy, citing local residents, said Myanmar’s junta forces carried out at least three attacks using warplanes and helicopters on Thursday. A resident of Maungdu told Irrawaddy that the Myanmar military launched an attack from two planes and a helicopter early in the morning. Two more fighter jets and two helicopters attacked again in the afternoon. Myanmar’s junta says troops are moving towards the area of Maungdu to recapture a border guard checkpoint. This campaign has increased the number of troops and the amount of ammunition. Local villagers said the ground shook due to the bombardment by planes and helicopters. The sound of the bomb was so loud that many were deaf for a while.