Timor Post, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun - The State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has confirmed that the recent rumors mongered about Ninja gangs in the Watucarbau sub-district were not true as there was no evidence that could prove their existence in the area.
“It is a rumor only, because no one sees that the houses destroyed by fire are burned by ninja gangs,” Guterres said.
Guterres added that the local police were now continuing to hunt those people who had burned the houses in order to make sure whether they are truly ninja gangs or not.
PNTL will not stop operation in hunting ninja gangs: Monteiro *Diario Nacional, March 24, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro, has said that the National Police will not stop its operation to hunt ninja gangs in Bobonaro and Kovalima Districts.
Moteiro made the comment regarding the Parliamentarians calls for the PNTL to stop their operation because they had held observations in the Bobonaro and Kovalima districts but there is no ninja and those people detained by the police were the members of the ex-guerilla fighter organization (CPD-RDTL).
Commissioner Monteiro said that they will not stop the operation since there is no command from the Defence and Security Minister to stop the operation.
“It depends on the Defence and Security Minister if he commands to stop the operation then we stop it,” Monteiro said.