UN Supported Rohingya Muslim Terrorists Attack Police in Myanmar
Five policemen and seven Rohingya Muslim Terrorists are preliminarily reported to have been killed in a large series of attacks on 24 police posts and an army base in the troubled northwest Myanmar state of Rakhine.
The Terrorists mounted 24 coordinated assaults on police posts throughout the western state and tried to break into an army base, according to reports cited by Reuters.
The incident is the latest in an escalating wave of terrorism from the Muslim Rohingya minority in the southeast Asian country. A similar attack in October, in which nine police officers were killed, prompted a severe government response.
As a result of the military’s counter-operation, some 87,000 Rohingya Muslims fled into nearby Bangladesh while their villages were razed to the ground.
“The initial information is that at least five policemen were killed, two guns have been taken [from the police] and seven dead bodies of extremist Bengali insurgents have been seized,” a government statement said, the term “Bengali” being a derogatory reference to the Rohingya.
In one of the attacks, 150 rebels tried to break into an army base while in another, a homemade bomb was used.
The government statement added: “The extremist Bengali insurgents attacked a police station in Maungdaw region in northern Rakhine state with a handmade bomb explosive and held coordinated attacks on several police posts at 1a.m.”
The Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh despite claims of centuries-long heritage.
The original radical Muslim insurgency that began in 1947 had the goal of seceding part of Rakhine with the help of East Pakistan, which is present-day Bangladesh. The failed mujahedeen uprising was followed by several waves of insurgency over the years, led by groups such as RLP, RSO, ARNO, and, presently, ARSA, AA and others, with militants often hiding in jungles and believed to be training across the border in Bangladesh.