Security forces raid Rohingya village, fire warning shots
YANGON: Myanmar security forces fired warning shots during a day-long sweep of a Rohingya village to arrest alleged militants, Aung San Suu Kyi’s office said yesterday, as violence again tremored through Rakhine State.
The area has been beset by unrest since late last year when Rohingya militants attacked police posts, prompting a months-long bloody military crackdown that the Untied Nations believes may amount to ethnic cleansing.
The major part of the military crackdown on the militants ended several months ago. But the area remains locked down, with sporadic killings by troops and almost daily reports in state media of villagers being murdered and abducted by masked assassins.
Border police began an operation yesterday morning in Out Nan Yar village, arresting “six criminals” accused of supporting the militants, according to a statement from the office of State Counsellor Suu Kyi.
Around two dozen officers were surrounded by a hundredsstrong “mob” of villagers armed with rudimentary weapons. Four suspects were freed in the chaos.
“Police had to fire 40 to 50 warning shots as the mob attacked with sling shots, sticks and knives,” the statement said, adding that military columns were moving into the village as night fell.
Six Buddhists from the ethnic Myo minority were killed on Thursday as violence continues to stalk the zone. AFP