Myanmar soldiers ambushed in Rakhine, 6 injured

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Myanmar security forces ambushed by militants
Myanmar security forces ambushed by militants

A militant group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on Saturday ambushed Myanmar soldiers in northern Rakhine state injuring six.

The attack comes four months after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown triggered by militant attacks on police posts.

The military said in a statement posted on the commander in chief’s Facebook page that the attackers were from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the militant group blamed for the attacks on police posts.

More than 20 insurgents using improvised explosives attacked the soldiers’ truck, which was coming from Taungpyo township in northern Rakhine on Friday, the government said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Six injured soldiers were taken to a military hospital, border guard police official Sann Oo said by phone Saturday.

In the past, the military has retaliated against Rohingya following such attacks.

A campaign of killings, rape and arson attacks by security forces and Buddhist-aligned mobs has sent more than 850,000 of Myanmar’s 1.3 million Rohingya fleeing the country in recent years.

Since Aug. 25 alone, when Myanmar’s army began what it called “clearance operations” following the attacks on police posts, more than 650,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The United Nations (UN) and the United States have accused Myanmar’s military of human rights violations against Rohingya in Rakhine, including killings, rapes and the burning of homes.

The UN has described the violence as ethnic cleansing.

Source: Fox News


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