Security forces in Maungtaw District has been put on high alert in order to provide security for the local people, according to the Rakhine State Government.
“We will make utmost efforts at most to provide the local people with stability and security,” said Rakhine State Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Htein Lin.
Security has been tightened near villages, he added. At the meeting with local people in Kyaukpandu Village in southern Maungaw, he has called for the local people to fully cooperate with the security forces.
He asked the local people to contact the security forces when suspected situation happen, pledging that the security force will quickly respond to emergency situations.
Troops in northeastern Rakhine State were placed on high alert on Tuesday after nearly 200 Rakhine Buddhist villagers fled the area after a recent spate of killings and amid fears of fresh attacks by armed men.
From October 2016 to 26 June 2017, 38 civilians have been murdered in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State. During that time, 22 additional civilians have gone missing or been abducted, including four community leaders.
There has been a worrisome increase in the number of murders and disappearances in recent weeks. In the past two weeks alone, six civilians have been killed and two have gone missing or been abducted.
By Myint Maung Soe & Aung Kyaw Oo