Myanmar gov't vows to take action against instigation for violence

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/10 11:24:38

The Myanmar government has vowed to take action against the incitement of violence as such rumors are being spread to people via mobile phone messages and social media.

In a statement released late Saturday, the Information Committee of the government asked Myanmar people not to be instigated among communities, and urged them to report to authorities about acts suspicious of such incitement.

The local government in Maungtaw, Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, also called on people not to support terrorists in burning homes or properties and prevent them from entering restricted areas as part of a new order issued on Saturday.

The order, announced by Maungtaw District's General Administration Department, said the security forces will fire warning shots at any law-breakers.

It also called for people's cooperation with the authorities by following instructions not to rob, steal or destroy properties in the restricted areas, or possess sticks, machetes or explosives.

The security forces have been entering villages to search for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists to maintain peace and stability in the areas.

Terrorist attacks in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state have displaced more than 30,000 people, according to the Information Committee.

From Aug, 25 to Sept. 4, residents from Taungpyo, Letwe, Kwuntheepin, Thechaung and Meetaik areas in Maungtaw district fled to border areas for refuge and camped along the Myanmar side of the border with Bangladesh.

Earlier reports said 97 terrorist attacks by the ARSA during the period killed 36 people, including 13 security force members, two government service personnel and 21 ethnic people, and injured 22 others.

A total of 59 villages and 6,842 houses were also burnt down by the terrorists with eight bridges being destroyed by planted mines.

Some 371 terrorists were killed in clashes with the security forces.


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