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State media reports attack, abduction in Maungdaw

A man receives medical attention after allegedly being abducted by attackers who burned down his home in Maungdaw Township on Monday. (Photo: Myawady News)

State media on Wednesday reported that a group of attackers abducted two people and burned down their house in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township, in the latest report of violence in the tense region near Burma’s border with Bangladesh.

According to the report, which originally appeared in the military mouthpiece Myawady News, 15 people raided the village of Phykarli in Maungdaw’s Zinpaingnyar village tract on Monday and broke into the home of brothers Faisal and Mahmud Feroz.

One of the men, Mahmud Faroz, was later found with multiple cuts and stab wounds to his face during what was described as an “area clearance operation” by Burmese troops around the village.

The man was later taken to hospital for treatment, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar.

The incident occurred on the same day that two buildings in the Maungdaw Township village of Myinlut burned down in what Myawady News later described as an arson attack by “Bengali terrorists” trying to create “misunderstandings”.

The fire took place on Monday evening at a middle school that had been closed due to the recent violence in the region. It was located just 200 meters from a border police outpost, the army newspaper reported.

The reports come amid accusations of abuses by security forces operating in the region since a series of attacks left nine border police dead on 9 October.

The attacks, which have been blamed on a group of militants from the stateless Rohingya minority, have triggered a security lockdown on the region that has left at least 33 alleged attackers dead.

State media has repeatedly claimed that fires sets in Rohingya villages were set by militants with the aim of damaging the reputation of Burmese troops and police conducting security operations in the area.

It has also denied claims of rape made by Rohingya women and other alleged abuses that have been impossible to fully verify due to the lack of access to the region by journalists.