13 police personnel killed in Myanmar terror attacks

Laura Christensen
August 27, 2017

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard also sent back a boat carrying 56 Rohingyas, who tried to enter Bangladesh through Noyapara area of Teknaf upazila, in the early morning.

Last October too, Rohingyas had entered Bangladesh after same kind of clashes broke out between the Rohingyas and government forces in Rakhine state.

Since the massive counter-offensive previous year, about 87,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

A series of predawn attacks Friday by suspected Rohingya militants in a restive area of Myanmar killed 11 army personnel and police officers, leaving a total of at least 70 dead on both sides, according to the government.

The office of de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said 12 security officials had been killed alongside 77 militants - the highest declared single day toll since fighting broke out past year.

Myanmar government said that at least 24 police posts in the Rakhine state were attended by the Rohingya insurgents early on Friday leaving 12 security-men killed.

Kofi Annan denounced the attacks in a statement released on Friday, calling them a "worrying escalation of violence", and urged security forces to exercise restraint in dealing with the situation.

The armed force's Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing said in an announcement on Facebook that one fighter, 10 policemen and 21 aggressors kicked the bucket in the assaults. That's where about 100 people from three villages, Thabeit Taung, Kin Chaung and Thabawh Chaung, have taken refuge, too.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, an insurgent group seeking to create a democratic Muslim state for the ethnic group, said it carried out the attacks in response to "atrocities" and a blockade carried out by the government against Rohingya people.

The Rohingya Muslims are unwanted by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and in neighbouring Bangladesh, which already houses tens of thousands of refugees.

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Suu Kyi's office posted pictures of weapons that had been taken from militants, mainly home-made bombs and rudimentary knives and clubs.

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.

But border guards there said they would not be allowed to cross.

She also said the Friday attacks underscored the importance for the government to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, which is headed by former United Nations chief, Kofi Annan.

In a 63-page report presented to the government Wednesday, Annan's commission called for an end to the restrictions on movement and citizenship for the 1.2 million Rohingya minority in Rakhine.

In a statement Annan said he was "gravely concerned" by the latest outbreak of fighting.

"As government and security forces act to prevent further violence and bring those responsible for the attacks to justice, we expect them to do so in a way that is consistent with the rule of law, protects and respects human rights and fundamental freedoms, demonstrates transparency, and avoids inflaming a tense situation", the U.S. state department said in a statement.

The military announced the casualties on August 25, saying the attacks took place overnight on police and border outposts.

The UN believes that military crackdown may have amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

The commission was created a year ago by the new NLD administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi, following a violent flare-up of tensions in the territory which claimed the lives of scores of people.

Other reports by My Hot News

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