71 Killed in Myanmar as Rohingya Insurgents Stage Major Attack
71 Killed in Myanmar as Rohingya Insurgents Stage Major Attack

71 Killed in Myanmar as Rohingya Insurgents Stage Major Attack

71 Killed in Myanmar as Rohingya Insurgents Stage Major Attack

Militants in Myanmar staged a coordinated attack on 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine State on Friday, and at least 59 of the insurgents and 12 members of the security forces were killed, the army and government said.
The fighting—still going on in some areas—marked a major escalation in a simmering conflict in the northwestern state since last October, when similar attacks prompted a big military sweep beset by allegations of serious human rights abuses, Reuters reported.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a group previously known as Harakah al-Yaqin, which instigated the previous attacks in October, claimed responsibility for the early morning offensive, and warned of more.
The treatment of approximately 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya has emerged as majority Buddhist Myanmar’s most contentious human rights issue as it makes a transition from decades of harsh military rule.
It now appears to have spawned a potent insurgency which has grown in size, observers say.
They worry that the attacks —much larger and better organized than those in October— will spark an even more aggressive army response and trigger communal clashes between Muslims and Buddhist ethnic Rakhines.
A news team affiliated with the office of national leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, said that one soldier, one immigration officer, 10 policemen and 59 insurgents had been killed in the fighting.
“In the early morning at 1 am, the extremist Bengali insurgents started their attack on the police post ... with the man-made bombs and small weapons,” said the army in a separate statement, referring to the Rohingya by a derogatory term implying they are interlopers from Bangladesh.
The militants also used sticks and swords and destroyed bridges with explosives, the army said.
In December 2016, More than a dozen Nobel laureates criticized fellow peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for not doing enough to curb the “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” against minority Rohingya Muslims in the country.
An open letter to the UN Security Council, signed by 23 peace laureates, leaders and activists, warns the offensive has killed hundreds of Rohingya people and condemns Suu Kyi for “not taking any initiative to ensure full and equal citizenship rights of the Rohingyas”.
The Rohingya are denied citizenship and are seen by many in Myanmar as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite claiming roots in the region that go back centuries, with communities marginalized and occasionally subjected to communal violence.


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