SAC Information Team Leader responds to the attack on passenger flight in Kayah State

Leader of the SAC Information Team Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun responded to the attack of KNPP and PDF terrorists on a passenger flight in Kayah State on the morning of 30 September as follows: –
“Since years ago in Kayah State, the KNPP and PDF terrorists committed terror acts to hamper the peace and tranquillity in Loikaw. When the Tatmadaw conducts security measures, the KNPP and PDF disturb the operations and launch ambush attacks near the Loikaw airport constantly. Today, the XY-AML of Myanmar National Airlines that operates the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Loikaw-Yangon flight landed at 8:45 am at Loikaw Airport carrying 63 passengers. We carried out security measures near the airport to facilitate the Loikaw flight and public transport. When the aircraft was in its landing procedures, the KNPP and PDF terrorist groups opened fires from the north of the runway and the bullets passed through the fuselage of the aircraft. Then, a passenger sitting at the 18-A seat was injured in his right cheek and ear (not in critical condition),” he clarified.
He continued, “Although the plane was damaged to a certain extent, it landed successfully at Loikaw Airport due to the efforts of crews. The injured passenger is now under medical treatment at Loikaw General Hospital. After the proper maintenance, the plane left Loikaw this morning. Such an attack on passengers is a military crime, a criminal act. The public and organizations that want the peace and stability of the country should condemn such doing. When the flight fails, only the passengers are in trouble. It seems to cut the communication of local people. We released the statement in a timely manner this morning. The unscrupulous persons spread rumours regarding the flight online. Tatmadaw and regional security forces will keep doing the necessary things to ensure the transport is not to be stopped. We are now conducting appropriate security operations at certain places where terrorists can hide.” — MNA

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