30 attackers killed in assaults on Myanmar border posts

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Nay Pyi Taw, Oct 17 (IANS) At least 30 attackers, including two women, have been killed and 12 captured in clashes in western Rakhine state of Myanmar, Deputy Home Minister General Aung Soe said on Monday.

Five soldiers from the government troops were also killed in the clashes after three border posts were attacked by gunmen in Maungtaw since October 9, Xinhua news agency reported citing the Minister.

The three border posts are Kyikanpyi in Maungtaw, Kotankauk in Rathedaung and Ngakhuya Office.

According to the President’s Office, Aqa Mul Mujahidin, led by Havistoohar and linked with terrorist group of “Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO)”, has been blamed for the assaults.

Initial investigation showed the attacks were pre-plotted and supported financially by foreign terrorist groups.

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It was revealed that the attacks, which involved extremists residing in Maungtaw, were aimed at occupying Maungtaw and Buthee Taung with financial aid from Middle East countries through individual links.



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