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Violence erupts again in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Updated: Oct 17, 2016 16:26 IST
Naypyidaw [Myanmar], Oct. 17 (ANI): The weekend was marked by violence and arrests in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State as a young teacher was shot and an attack on security personnel ended in the deaths of three assailants.

The latest bloodshed comes in the aftermath of what the government is calling a coordinated, deadly assault by Islamist insurgents on three Myanmar Border Police posts in Maungdaw and Rathedaung townships on October 9, reports the Myanmar Times.

Ko Thein Tun (23), a teacher, was shot on October 15 while collecting bamboo near Myo village, about 8.5 kilometres from Maungdaw town.

Victim's brother, Ko Bar Yar, said, "We informed the police checkpoint at Kan Thar Yar [village, of the shooting], and police brought him to hospital. He is still in an alarming condition," he said.

"There are no military troops operating in the village as well as the village being a little far from Muslim villages. Therefore we could not confirm yet who did it," said a senior police official.

Ma La Won, a Myo village resident, said more than a dozen people had fled to neighbouring Kan Thar Yar village following the shooting.

Meanwhile, the military-run news outlet Myawady reported that three police officers were attacked by a trio of knife-wielding assailants the same day in Late Aing village. The attackers - two women and one man - were shot dead as they fled the scene, Myawady reported.

The violence came just one day after the President's Office announced that the October 9 attacks were perpetrated by a little-known Islamist group by the name of Aqa Mul Mujahidin.

According to a statement from the President's Office, "the attacks in Maungdaw township were systematically planned in advance over a long period of time, assisted by foreign funding and the support of members of foreign terrorist organisations".

It identified the group's leader as Havistoohar, saying he had previously trained with the Taliban in Pakistan.

The October 9 attacks killed nine police officers, as well as eight of the assailants.

With the weekend killings, at least 33 people have been killed as security forces comb northern Rakhine State in an effort to root out the militants. State media yesterday did not offer the latest casualty figures.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to uphold the rule of law as Rakhine State has become increasingly militarised over the last week.

Reportedly, four more people were arrested in Redar village, Maungdaw township, on October 15, apparently due to suspected links to Aqa Mul Mujahidin. (ANI)

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