Myanmar opposition party candidate attacked with machetes

Opposition party candidate wounded in Myanmar after being attacked with machete, knives

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

National League for Democracy party candidate Naing Ngan Lynn with his wife in Yangon General hospital after suffering serious injuries following the attack

An official in Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has been hospitalized, after he was attacked by men holding knives and machetes on Thursday.

The incident took place while Naing Ngan Lynn was campaigning, he is running for a regional assembly seat in the upcoming elections on Nov.8.

The National League for Democracy member was rushed to the hospital, as he is suffering from serious injuries to the head and arms.

"(The man) started punching an NLD member. Then people tried to make him go home because he was drunk. But he came back with a large knife," NLD candidate Thet Htar Nwe Win said.

"Naing Ngan Linn tried to stop him... that's why he sustained many injuries," he told AFP.

"It happened in front of my eyes. The man who attacked was shouting abusive words against NLD when our vehicle arrived," Kyi's told AFP.

The attackers were arrested, but what drove them to carry out the attack was not made clear.

The upcoming nationwide elections in Myanmar are historic for the country, which had been formerly ruled for 50-years by the military. The country now has the opportunity to form a brand new political system.

Aung San Suu Kyi has received threats in the past, however, nobody had gone as far as exercising violence.

Inyan Win, a NLD spokesman has told AFP that the incident was "the worst case during our campaign so far."

Due to the incident, NLD is expected to gain votes and join the parliament.

TRTWorld and agencies