Se­cu­rity forces raid Ro­hingya vil­lage, fire warn­ing shots

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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

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