Mil­i­tants raid po­lice stations

The Weekend Post - - World -

AT least five po­lice and seven Ro­hingya Mus­lim in­sur­gents have been killed in Myan­mar’s Rakhine state, the gov­ern­ment says, after mil­i­tants staged co­or­di­nated at­tacks on 24 po­lice posts and tried break­ing into an army base.

The overnight at­tacks mark a huge es­ca­la­tion in a con­flict sim­mer­ing in Rakhine since last Oc­to­ber, when sim­i­lar at­tacks that killed nine po­lice prompted a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion be­set by al­le­ga­tions of civil­ian killings, rape and ar­son.

The mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion then re­sulted in some 87,000 Ro­hingya flee­ing to Bangladesh and the United Na­tions ac­cused Myan­mar’s se­cu­rity forces of likely com­mit­ting crimes against hu­man­ity.

A UN panel has been ad­vis­ing Myan­mar on a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the con­flict.

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