9 police officers killed in Rakhine State, Myanmar’s Rohingya stronghold

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Myanmar police announced that nine of its members were killed in an attack by gunmen in Rakhine state in the west of the country, amid heightened tension there over the background of ethnic and religious conflicts characterizing this predominantly Muslim region.

The attack occurred late Saturday in the village of Yuta Yuki, just an hour north of the state capital Sittwe.

“Nine policemen were killed and one policeman was wounded, and another was missing,” a senior police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A police report said the attackers took weapons from the police station.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, while a local official confirmed the start of investigations.

And it forced a military campaign in 2017 about 740 thousand Rohingya Muslims who live in this state, to flee across the border into neighboring Bangladesh, following acts of violence, UN investigators said they amounted to “genocide and crimes against humanity.”

In the past few months, the Arakan rebels, made up of Rohingya Muslims who have demanded more autonomy, have launched numerous attacks on security forces and local officials.

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