Myanmar troops fire warning shots, arrest Rohingya suspects after Buddhist killings

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 5, 2017

Security forces discovered the bodies of three men and three women bearing machete and gunshot wounds in the Mayu mountain range near the town of Maungdaw, the office of Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said.

Two groups with monitors in northern Rakhine said local sources believed Rohingya militants were not active in the area, and that the killings could be linked to rampant methamphetamine trafficking. The government said that the operation had ended in February.

Two women, aged 21 and 34, are still missing from the group that ventured into the hills to tend to farms.

About 75,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown, with accompanying allegations of rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces, followed by an attack on a Myanmar border guard post on October 9.

In the ensuing military operation, security forces allegedly shot villagers at random, raped Rohingya women and burned down houses. They managed to arrest four suspects, he said.

Aung Kyaw Min, a Buddhist resident of Kaigyi, said villagers believed the two women had also been killed because some of their bloody clothing was recovered.

"We are all suffering from this killing", he said. "All the villagers are in panic and nobody wants to live there". About 1.1 million Rohingya live in the state, but are denied citizenship.

The OIC, which represents 57 states and acts as the collective voice of the Muslim world, urged the southeast Asian nations to join hands with Muslim-majority neighbours in tackling the refugee crisis.

"Myanmar should sit with Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia to find a roadmap for the solution of the crisis", said Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen of the OIC.

Several Rohingya who were victims of military persecution in Myanmar described how they were tortured and abused, and said they wanted to go back and exercise their rights as citizens.

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