Concocted stories spread among people to instigate suspicion

Maung Maung Myint Swe

In a violent armed attack on a border guard police outpost on October 9, policemen were killed with arms and ammunitions lost.
In area clearance operations launched by combined forces of Tatmataw troops and police, five soldiers were killed while those suspected of involvement in the armed attacks were arrested, some alive and some dead. They are being investigated under the proper rules and regulations.
During clearance operations, attackers, those involved in attacks and those who have participated in destructive activity fled villages after burning some homes in villages with a view to displacing people and to instigating suspicion.
Some houses on roadsides and at the edges of Kyikanpyin, Wetpeik, Sabeigone, Pyaungpike, Ngarsarkyu and Ngakhuya villages caught fire. Most of them were huts and small houses. Contents of those buildings were found to have been decluttered, with nice buildings found intact. Troops of the Tatmadaw and police forces extinguished the fires but Islamists in the village did not take part in fighting the fire, it is learnt.
On November 2, while responsible officials were explaining to representatives from UN organisations and diplomats about the situation on the ground in Maungtaw district, displaced people gathered at the site, telling fabricated stories.
Events were intentionally planned conspiracies before, after and during the attacks. Responsible officials continue to carry out safety and security measures in collaboration with the people.

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