Several Killed in Gunfight after Rebels Attempt to Abduct Dozens from Ferry in Myanmar

Helicopter Crewman was Injured in the Gunfight

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Several people are feared dead after two boats were sunk in a fight between an ethnic rebel army and the Myanmar security forces on Saturday.

According to a statement released on its website, the Arakan Army (AA) said a dozen people it had abducted from a ferry drowned when two of the three boats were sunk by responding security forces in three government helicopters.

Among those killed in the tragedy were police and civilian officials.

According to a report by the Information Ministry, 58 people on the ferry were abducted by about 30 Arakan Army members. The ministry confirmed that a helicopter was sent to rescue the abductees.

As per the statement, fourteen abductees were rescued after a gunfight that lightly wounded a crewman. The helicopter was slightly damaged in the attack.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

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