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Myanmar reopens border gate with Bangladesh

Yangon, Feb 16: Myanmar has reopened a border gate with Bangladesh which was temporarily closed following terrorist attacks on some three border posts in 2016, the State Counsellor’s Office here said on Thursday. The border gate (number one) was reopened for entry and departure in Maungtaw in Rakhine state over the weekend following restoration of peace and stability in the region after Myanmar negotiated with Bangladesh, Xinhua news agency reported.

The surprise coordited attacks by armed men on three border posts in Maungtaw on October 9, 2016 prompted the then closure of all border gates with Bangladesh for more than four months, resulting in fincial hardship for local traders. Myanmar’s Rakhine Violence Investigation Commission, which was formed on December 1, 2016 and led by First Vice President U Myint Swe to probe into the background on the violent attacks, has so far inspected Maungtaw’s attacked areas four times to find out the truth. (IANS)