Myanmar tightens security in Rakhine state hinh anh 1Myanmar’s authorities have tightened security in ten key sensitive areas of Sittway.
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Hanoi (VNA)Myanmar’s authorities have tightened security in ten key sensitive areas of Sittway, the capital of western Rakhine state, following violence in Mrauk U township last week.

The measures were being introduced in the wake of rumors circulating that there would be possible sabotage activities in the city as well as instigation to stir up more violence to destabilise the situation, Rakhine state police chief Aung Myat Moe was quoted by local media quoted as saying.

The city’s key areas include some road junctions, the airport, Wingaba square, U Ottama Park and the state government building.

A total of over 400 police force members are being deployed in the sensitive areas to carry out checks. However, according to the police chief, Sittway still sees normal life movement with peace and stability.

Earlier, violence occurred in Mrauk U on January 16, killing seven people and injuring 12 others.

On December 27, local authorities extended the curfew in Maungtaw, the northern part of Rakhine state, for another two months. The order continues to ban assembling more than five persons and going outside from dusk to dawn between 6 pm and 6 am. - VNA
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