Independent journalists visit conflict areas in northern Rakhine

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Independent journalists meeting with muslim community in Pyaungpaik Village in Maungtaw Township. Photo: MNA

A group of independent journalists including local and foreign media made a field trip yesterday to the border outposts which were attacked by violent armed men on 9 October,
At No. 1 Border Outpost (Kyikanpyin), Police Brig-Gen Thura San Lwin explained the situation to reporters in the area before, during and after the attack.
He also gave information about the arrests, interrogations, charges and releases regarding the armed attack.
U Ye Htut, Head of the Maungtaw District General Administration Department, spoke about receiving aid from the government and international organizations, the department’s efforts for reopening of schools and stability in the area.
The authorities also replied to queries raised by the journalists.
The reporters also visited Warbeik Village, where the violent attackers fired on government troops and set fire to houses.
During the visit, the journalists interviewed the villagers about the conflict and seizure of arms, ammunition, flags and uniforms from the violent attackers following the conflict in the village.
The group proceeded to Pyaungpaik village and collected information on the attack on security forces and also gathered information on the outbreak of fire in the village. Among the stops the reporters made was Kyeinchaung Village, where they interviewed people from both the Muslim and Buddhist communities about their efforts for stability and peaceful coexistence.
Reporters also visited the Basic Education High School in Kyeinchaung and the Ngakhuya Police Station and interviewed subjects about the 9 October attack and the subsequent fires that occurred.—MNA

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