Myanmar troops arrest Rohingya suspects; 6 Buddhist killed

Claudine Rigal
Août 6, 2017

Myanmar Buddhist monks gather at their protesting camp at entrance of a pagoda Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar.

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 late Friday, as violence again tremored through Rakhine State.

"Police had to fire around 40-50 warning shots as the mob attacked with sling shots, sticks and knives", the statement said, adding military columns were moving into the village as night fell.

Four of the suspects were freed in the ensuing chaos.

It wasn't clear who was responsible, but a spokesman at the border guard police headquarters in Maungdaw said police were searching for culprits.

The government has shut down northern Rakhine to independent journalists, rights experts and humanitarian workers for nearly nine months except for organized media trips.

The northwestern area has been beset by unrest since late past year when Rohingya militants attacked police posts, prompting a months-long bloody military crackdown that the United Nations believes may amount to ethnic cleansing. The government said that the operation had ended in February. She said she saw little improvement in the situation for Rohingya and that the government prevented her from visiting several areas there.

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