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March 02, 2018

Maungtaw markets again bustling with shoppers

Maungtaw Market.  Photo: Thakka

Despite the existence of a curfew instituted after the violent attacks of October 2016, the security situation in Maungtaw town seems to be returning to normal, with the markets in Maungtaw crowded with shoppers and sellers until early in the evening.
Government offices, schools, hospitals, clinics, markets, banks as well as private shops selling various items, barber shops, tailors and tea shops operating normally.
Three border police outposts were attacked by terrorists in October 2016, resulting in the deaths of nine border policemen and months of security clearance operations.
Due to tightened security immediately after the terrorist incident, the shops were allowed to operate only in the morning, but are now open the whole day with a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
Transport and communication between Maungtaw and Buthidaung has also improved with more buses and cars carrying people and goods while travel to nearby villages with motorcycles and motor tricycles had also increased.


Myint Maung Soe, Aung Kyaw Oo


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