Monday, 11 December 2017

World News

32 Die In Fresh Attack In Myanmar’s Rakhine State

In a recent attack on the Rohhingya militants at the border posts in northern Rakhine State, at least 32 people including 11 security forces have been killed.

The Myanmar’s chief said on Friday that the attack was the worst violence in months in the febrile zone adding that the state is bisected by religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled by many Buddhists and perceived as illegal immigrants.

Recent weeks have seen tensions surge with near daily killings by shadowy groups operating in remote villages, while Myanmar’s army has poured more troops into the area.

In the early hours of Friday, more than 20 police posts came under attack by an estimated 150 insurgents, some carrying guns and using homemade explosives.

In a statement on Facebook, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said “One soldier and 10 police sacrificed their lives for the country,” adding 21 militants also died although others made away with guns.

“Fighting is ongoing at police posts in Kyar Gaung Taung and Nat Chaung villages. The military and police members are fighting back together against extremist Bengali terrorists.”

“Bengali terrorists” is the state’s description of the Rohingya militants.

They emerged as a force last October under the banner of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claims to be leading an insurgency based in the remote May Yu mountain range bordering Bangladesh.

Confirming the unrest an unnamed police officer in Buthidaung town, close to the worst violence, said border posts remained surrounded by militants as day broke in a fluid, dangerous and “complicated situation”.