Twelve dead after Muslim militants storm police posts

Posted August 26, 2017

The Rohingyas fled into Bangladesh after crossing the Naf river through Palongkhali of Ukhia upazila, Ulubunia, Lombhabil and Kharengabhona of Teknaf upazila due to the nightlong clashes in Myanmar, SM Ariful Islam, commanding officer of BGB Battalion-2 in Teknaf, told The Daily Star.

At least 21 insurgents and 11 members of the security forces were killed in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state on Friday when militants staged a major coordinated attack on 24 police posts and an army base, the military said.

The attack took place hours after a panel led by the former United Nations chief Kofi Annan advised the government on long-term solutions for the violence-riven state.

Myanmar says the group is headed by Rohingyas who were trained overseas but it is unclear how large the network is.

The commission proposes measures to resolve the restrictions Rohingyas face to obtain citizenship and encourages dialogue between communities, while urging authorities to avoid responding with excessive force in face of the tensions between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority.

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Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle.

ARSA said the attack was in response the raids, killing and looting by soldiers who have been deployed in the area following the deaths of seven villagers earlier this month.

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

"The investigation into these criminal acts must be prompt, thorough and effective, and comply with worldwide human rights standards", said Benedict in response to the militant's killings.

Almost 60 villagers, mostly Rohingya Muslims who are reportedly close to the authorities, have been murdered there, and at least 33 more have gone missing or been abducted since October.

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The army and Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government vehemently deny allegations of widespread abuses, including rapes and murders.

So far, seven bodies of the terrorists have been recovered and security forces are in pursuit of other attackers, the statement said.

"The insurgents were able to organise such a huge attack because they were successful in organising the information blackout", said one of the military sources. The terror strike is still continuing in certain areas, as security forces are battling the Muslim militants.

They have spoken of their fear at being trapped in between security forces and the militants, who are accused of conducting a shadowy assassination campaign against those perceived as collaborators with the state.

Activists and supporters on both sides of the sectarian divide have a history of posting false images and footage online.

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