State leaders take charge after violent attacks in Rakhine State

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Union Ministers hold the emergency meeting following terrorist attacks on police outposts in Rakhine State. Photo: MNA

Union Ministers briefed the President and State Counsellor on the status of the violent attacks in Rakhine State yesterday morning.
The President’s Office contacted the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and coordinated on deploying additional security forces and resources.
The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services (Army) also briefed the President on the situation and met with the State Counsellor in the Presidential Palace at 2 p.m. to discuss the effective protection and defence of people in Rakhine State from the extremist terrorists and how to effectively defeat the extremist terrorists. The State Counsellor called a meeting with Union Ministers for Home Affairs, for Defence, for Border Affairs, for the State Counsellor’s Office, the National Security Advisor, and Union Minister for the President’s Office in the National Peace and Reconciliation Center in Nay Pyi Taw at 3 p.m.
At the meeting, the Union Ministers for the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Border Affairs explained the simultaneous attacks by extremist terrorists on police and security force outposts, stations and bases which started at about 1 a.m. yesterday, the casualties among security personnel and civilians, the status of evacuating surrounded and blockaded civilians, the status of security personnel responding to the situation and the Rakhine State government’s report on the situation on the ground.
The State Counsellor gave detailed instructions on increasing the security of personnel on duty in the region for the local populace and villagers. Timely guidelines and instructions were also given to the state government.
At that moment, arrangements were made to deploy additional Myanmar Police Force personnel to the region, while the Tatmadaw also reinforced existing personnel to effectively defend and provide security to the local people.Due to the attacks by the extremist terrorists, 11 security personnel and 1 immigration department official were killed.
Two extremist terrorists were captured alive and 77 extremist terrorists were killed. State leaders are personally managing the matters of protecting and defending the local people in the region and to effectively defeat the extremist terrorists, it is learnt.

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