Efforts for stability in Rakhine will not be slowed by terrorist atrocities
- As terrorism increases around the world, extremists in Rakhine State, which is often called the western door of Myanmar, make their reprehensible objectives more obvious as time goes by.
These extremist terrorist groups have kidnapped, tortured and killed peaceful civilians, people who they perceive are collaborating with the government and people who have agreed to interviews with media agencies in their attempt to prevent news from reaching the outside world.
These groups target ethnic minorities living near forests, farms and streams and kill them to scare them away from their homes and eventually take over these areas. Most of these extremist terrorists use religious ideals to gather followers and create unrest. They also are known to give training in making explosives, marksmanship and unarmed combat. It is believed that their operations in the Mayu mountains, which includes setting up terrorist camps and collecting rations and aid may be an attempt to make Maungtaw their base of operations.
In the early morning hours yesterday, these terrorists staged a series of coordinated attacks on police outposts, killing policemen, civil servants and security forces.
We strongly condemn the violent attacks by the insurgents on the security forces in Rakhine State.
It is clear that yesterday’s attacks were systematically planned and are intended to cripple the efforts for peace, stability and co-existence of local people.
Our determined efforts for bringing peace, stability and development to the western part of the country will not be slowed down due to atrocious acts of brutality by extremist terrorists.
We praise the police and members of the security forces who are bravely doing their duty while facing potentially deadly challenges in Rakhine State.
We stand by the fallen policemen and security members who sacrificed their lives for their country, and offer condolences to their bereaved families and colleagues.
- The Global New Light of Myanmar