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November 19, 2019

Tatmadaw holds press conference on ARSA extremist terrorists’ attacks in Northern Rakhine

A military officer shows documentary pictures of ARSA extremist terrorists’ attacks in northern Rakhine.  Photo: MNA

As regards the ARSA extremist terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State in August, Tatmadaw’s True News Information Team held a press conference at the Bayintnaung Guest House in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
Present at the press conference were Major General Than Htut Thein of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) , Maj Gen Soe Naing Oo, chairman of Tatmadaw true news information team, Maj Gen Aung Ye Win, director of directorate of the public relations and psychological warfare department, high-ranking military officers from the Office of Commander-in-Chief (Army), responsible officials from the Ministry of Defence, military attaché from foreign embassies in Myanmar and journalists.
Maj Gen Aung Ye Win, clarified the historical backgrounds of Bengalis in Rakhine State, violent armed attacks between Bengalis and local Rakhine ethnic people in 2012 and 2016, situations from October 2016 to 2017 August.
Afterward, Maj Gen Soe Naing Oo explained about series of coordinated terrorist attacks since 25th August, 2017, situations on the Tatmadaw’s cooperation with Myanmar Police Forces in fighting against massive armed attacks of ARSA extremist terrorists, followed by clarification on Tatmadaw’s conclusion from Maj Gen Than Htut Thein concerning terrorist attacks. Following that, Col Paul Andrew Bruce, military attaché of Australia Embassy said that he would like to know as to which amount of forces had been used in launching search and raid operation, while Brig General Rashedul Mannan of Bangladesh military attaché disclosed their desire to cooperate in fighting against terrorism, and Col Craig J Tippins of military attaché of US Embassy discussed that it was necessary to take care of potential danger of defecting into terrorist groups as for some villagers, in making search and raid.
After that, U Tin Maung Aye, Myanmar Press Council asked about convening National Defence and Security Council Meeting, U Hla Swe of Bullet Journal on Geneva Convention and U Maung Maung Tun of News Watch Journal on involvement of NGOs and INGOs in terrorist attacks, followed by replies from responsible officials.

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