Rakhine Rebels Kills 13 Police Officers In Myanmar

Naypidaw: Ethnic Rakhine rebels on Friday killed 13 Myanmar police officers, in a brazen, well-planned attack on the country’s Independence Anniversary.

Rakhine, a western Myanmarese province bordering Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal, has seen a surge in violence in recent weeks between the Arakan Army (AA), who are seeking greater autonomy for their ethnic Rakhine group, and the security forces who are Buddhists.

The violence, which erupted in 2017, has left thousands dead and displaced some 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh and other South-east Asian countries to avoid persecution following a bloody crackdown by Myanmarese army.

As per reports, some 350 militants from the Arakan Army attacked four police stations in northern Rakhine state early on Friday, killing 13 police and wounding nine others.

The rebels also stole weapons and ammunition before army reinforcements struck back with two attack helicopters and infantry columns

“Strong action will be taken against the AA insurgents by security forces as they are making things more unstable and complicated in Rakhine,” said an official statement released by Myanmarese officials.

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