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Press release of facts about fire in Kinma village, Pauk Township, Magway Region

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When security forces arrived to arrest people selling explosives and handmade guns in Kinma village, armed terrorists opened fire near the village and set fire to the village houses. Some media outlets have been falsely accusing the security forces of setting fire to the houses in Kinma village.
At around 12:45 am on 13 June, three men, including Kyaw Min Naing, threw two homemade bombs to the house of U Sein Maung while five men with him were chatting in Wungyi village, Sharhla village-tract, Seikpyu Township, Pakkoku District, Magway Region. Due to the bomb, U Sein Maung and Ko Min Min Soe were injured. Security forces arrested and investigated the bomber, Kyaw Min Naing.
According to the investigation, it was known that the homemade bomb was purchased from a man lived in Kinma village, Pauk Township. Further investigation showed that the man who sold the bomb has been making and selling homemade guns and bombs with the financial support of a former NLD party member and a former ward/village administrator.
When the security forces went to arrest him on 15 June in Kinma village, a group of 10 gunmen opened fire towards them from the hill and retreated after being retaliated. When security forces were attacked again while conducting a detailed search on the mountain, they tried to go to Kinma village and found the fire in the village.
It is reported that local PDF terrorist groups fleeing into Kinma village and armed insurgents from Chin State set fire to the home of Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) member U Kyaw Htay in the village, from which the fire was spread to other houses.
Due to the confrontation between a coalition of security forces that came to investigate the death that happened in the village and the terrorist group on 1 June, most of the villagers no longer live in the village and have moved to towns/villages where their relatives live.
However, since there were only PDF terrorist groups and the elderly who had stayed to guard the house, the fire was not extinguished.
Due to the lack of villagers when the fire broke out, water scarcity to put out the fire and the difficulty for fire trucks to come, about 100 houses were destroyed by fire although the security forces tried to extinguish the fire.
Security forces rescued 83-year-old Daw Khin Su and 81-year-old Daw Htwar Sein from two burning houses in the area and transported them to a village monastery safe from fire. As a result of the arson attack, two pagodas on Pagoda Hill, two pavilions, two buildings in the basic education middle school, one house under construction and all houses except 20 houses were destroyed. Security forces left the village at 6:30 pm.
The PDF terrorist groups and insurgents who came from Chin State set fire on Kinma village by themselves.
NLD supporters, PDF, extremist terrorists, and media outlets are fabricating false information on Facebook, intending to mislead the public and the international community about the security forces and the State Administration Council. — MNA

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