Myanmar rebels say gov't attacks personnel they captured

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An ethnic guerrilla army in Myanmar says some of the several dozen soldiers, police and civilian officials it abducted from a ferry were killed in a subsequent attack by government helicopters.

A statement Sunday from the Arakan Army, a rebel group in the western state of Rakhine, said three helicopters attacked three boats carrying the captured personnel after they were seized on Saturday, sinking two. It said some captives and members of its guerrilla force were killed.

An Information Ministry statement said earlier that 58 people had been abducted by about 30 Arakan Army members from the boat carrying 165 civilian passengers and about 50 government personnel from the Rakhine capital, Sittwe, north to Buthidaung.

The Arakan Army says it is seeking self-determination.

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