Sunday, November 13, 2016

Myanmar Air Force helicopters fire on armed villagers in Rakhine state

The Myanmar government has released a statement that Air Force helicopters have opened fire on attackers in a troubled region of the country.  They said that over 500 men swarmed the soldiers carrying knives, guns, and spears.  Two soldiers were killed in the conflict and six attackers were killed while another 36 were arrested.  The state where the violence occurred, Rakhine, is home to a group of Rohingya Muslims.  Rohingyas are a stateless ethnic minority that has faced discrimination for years.  The government of Myanmar actually denies recognition of the term Rohingya and has been accused of targeting the subgroup that they refer to as "illegal Bengali migrants" although military officials say they are only targeting "insurgents".

Chris Buechner

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