Myanmar Moves Against Rohingya Islamic Terrorists

Myanmar Moves Against Rohingya Islamic Terrorists

Myanmar Moves Against Rohingya Islamic Terrorists

Myanmar’s military says almost 400 people have died in recent violence in the western state of Rakhine triggered by attacks on security forces by insurgents from the Rohingya Islamic Terrorists.

The numbers, posted today on the Facebook page of the military commander, are a sharp increase over the previously reported toll of just over 100.

The statement said all but 29 of the 399 dead were insurgents, whom it described as terrorists.

Members of Myanmar’s Red Cross help an elderly woman who escaped from unrest in Maungdaw upon arrival at Sittwe jetty, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. Recent violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State has driven thousands of Muslim ethnic Rohingyas fleeing toward Bangladesh for safety, but less noticed is a smaller exodus of Buddhists from the Rakhine minority. (AP Photo)

(Myanmar’s Buddhists fleeing from Rohingya terrorist attacks in Maungdaw region, arrive by boat on August 29 in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar).

The statement said there had been 90 armed clashes including an initial 30 attacks by insurgents on August 25, making the combat more extensive than previously announced.

Most of Myanmar’s estimated 1 million Rohingya live in northern Rakhine state.

Longstanding tension between the Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists erupted in bloody rioting in 2012. The insurgent group that claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, said it acted to protect Rohingya communities.

The Rohingya insurgency in Western Myanmar is an ongoing insurgency in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar (formerly known as Arakan, Burma), waged by insurgents belonging to the Rohingya ethnic minority. Most clashes have occurred in the Maungdaw District, which borders Bangladesh.

In the 1970s Rohingya Islamist movements began to emerge from remnants of the mujahideen, and the fighting culminated with the Burmese government launching a massive military operation named Operation King Dragon in 1978. In the 1990s, the well-armed Rohingya Solidarity Organisation was the main perpetrator of attacks on Burmese authorities near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

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