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Three suspected militants were shot dead during a clearance operation by Burmese armed forces in the Mayu mountain range in northern Arakan State on Thursday, according to Zaw Htay, the director-general of the State Counsellor’s Office.
“Terrorists had built bases and tunnels in the Mayu mountain range,” he said, speaking at a press conference yesterday. “The Tatmadaw [armed forces], police and local volunteers cooperated in carrying out a clearance operation in the Buthidaung-Maungdaw region of the Mayu mountain range. That’s where the terrorists were hiding.”
Zaw Htay said that he did not yet have a list of those arrested in the operation, but could confirm that three armed men were shot dead by security forces during the assault.
“The terrorists used this site to train recruits with practice guns,” the government spokesman told reporters. “They dug tunnels. Look at those [photos]! They look like terrorist bases in Pakistan or Afghanistan.”
Though operations appear to have scaled down in recent months, Burmese security forces have conducted frequent sweeps in many parts of northern Arakan State ever since suspected Rohingya militants ambushed several border posts, killing nine officers, in October last year.