Scores of victims — teachers, departmental personnel and locals residing in Taungpyowae and nearby villages — recently scourged by violent armed attacks in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, were evacuated to places of safety in multiple trips by Tatmataw helicopters yesterday.
They included one Buddhist monk, 114 teachers, 50 departmental staff and 16 local residents—181 in all, to Buthitaung. Out of that group, 27 teachers and locals were later sent on to Sittway by helicopter, according the Myawady News.
The troops of the Tatmadaw are continuing to conduct clearance operations in the villages in Maungtaw Township as part of efforts for providing security to the local peoples.
The troops also repelled multiple raids by violent armed attackers to the Alethankyaw Area Office, where members of the Tatmadaw and the police were stationed.
Responding the deadly attack in Rakhine State, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday said that the government is dealing with the current issue in Rakhine State exercising the rule of law so that the government can reach the best and fairest settlement.
Regarding the attack in Rakhine State, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services said on Wednesday that the Tatmadaw (armed forces of the country) is in Rakhine State to protect the citizens from depredation as a priority, and to cooperate with all countries in accord with international laws and regulations.—Myanmar News Agency