YANGON, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — Ten more armed attackers were killed in Maungtaw, Myanmar's western Rakhine state, Wednesday in fighting with government troops as the latter made a clearance operation in Kyetyoepin village, official report said Thursday.
After a violent exchange of fire, the armed attackers fled to the western part of the village, but fought back the government troops with guns, swords and sticks when they were being pursued.
In another incident on the same day, about five armed men attacked the staff quarter of No. 1 border post near Kyikanpyin village, Maungtaw township from a distant hideout and set fire to 25 houses in Warpaik village before withdrawing in a southeast direction, the report said.
Over the last two days, four soldiers were killed in fighting between Myanmar government troops and 300 violent armed men in Pyaungpit village, Maungtaw when the government troops were clearing the area. The body of one attacker was claimed.
In other two incidents, the government troops captured four armed attackers alive and seven bodies with weapons during area clearance operation in three other villages.
The four attackers are currently under interrogation.
The series of fightings originated from Oct. 9 violent attack on the three border posts with Bangladesh by the armed men, in which nine policemen were killed and five others injured with one missing.
Eight armed men were also killed with two being captured alive, according to local police.
A total of 51 assorted arms, 10,140 rounds of ammunition, one bayonet and 28 cartridges of bullets were taken by the armed men in the three attacks.
The three border posts are Kyikanpyi in Maungtaw, Kotankauk in Rathedaung and Ngakhuya Office.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time has been imposed in Maungtaw since Monday where the incidents occurred, prohibiting any assembly of five and more people.
A total of 390 schools in Buthee Taung and Maungtaw townships have also been closed since then.