Militants raid police stations
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.