32 killed in Myanmar Terror Attacks

27 August, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Ora Austin
  • The Myanmar Times
    25 Aug 2017

The Myanmar Army chief on Friday said that at least 32 people were killed, including 11 Myanmar security personnel after alleged Rohingya militants attacked remote border posts in Rakhine State.

Attacks on police posts last October sparked a wave of deadly "clearance operations" by Myanmar's army and forced some 87,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

At minimum 32 individuals, including 11 security staff, were killed in dread assaults on police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Friday, the armed force said in an announcement.

Rakhine is a home to around 1.2 million stateless Rohingya, viewed by many Buddhists as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, although they have lived in the area for generations.

The statement said it was saddening that the attacks happened at a time the report of the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission was released.

The government said some Muslim villagers in Yathetaung township in the vicinity of the attacks burned down their dwellings and fled into the nearby Mayu mountain range where the military has reported finding insurgent training camps.

United Nations resident coordinator in Myanmar, Renata Lok-Dessallien, issued a statement urging "all parties to refrain from violence, protect civilians and restore order".

On Saturday up to 2,000 displaced Rohingya women and children gathered at the "zero line" marking the border with Bangladesh but were denied entry, according to authorities.

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"The military and police members are fighting back together against extremist Bengali terrorists", Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said in a statement on Facebook, using the state's derogatory description for the Rohingya.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in Myanmar were trapped at the border with Bangladesh as new fighting erupted in restive Rakhine state.

Several thousand Rohingyas are now occupying a four-mile stretch on the shore of the Naf River in Cox's Bazar's Ukhia, awaiting decisions from Bangladesh authorities.

The UN estimates that since October past year around 74,000 new Rohingya escaped to Bangladesh due to the murder and persecution at Northern Rakhine State in Myanmar.

But most who made it to the border with Bangladesh were stranded, as the government in Dhaka effectively closed its border with Myanmar.

However, Mr Annan suggested the Muslim community collaborate further with the government to speed up the process.

The secretary (Asia & Pacific) also emphasized on addressing the underlying root cause of the protracted problem through a comprehensive and inclusive approach, said the statement.

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