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Muslim militants strike Myanmar’s Rakhine State; 71 people killed

In an unprecedented terror offensive, Muslim militants coordinated a major attack today by targeting 30 police posts and an army base in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The terror strike is still continuing in certain areas, as security forces are battling the Muslim militants. Till last reports, 59 militants have been killed. The security forces also suffered losses, as 12 of their men were killed in the attack. The attack is being considered a major escalation in the conflict that started last October. Last year, the Myanmar army had targeted the militants in the Rakhine State with full force, but it has not helped eliminate the terrorists completely. Moreover, there were also allegations of serious human rights violations. Today’s attack by Muslim militants appears to be a response to the action taken against them in recent times.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has claimed responsibility for today’s attack. ARSA was earlier known as the Harakah al-Yaqin, which had launched the attacks last year in October. The Muslim Rohingya population is around 1.1 million in Myanmar and they have been responsible for creating trouble in the country, which is a Buddhist majority country. Myanmar army sources said that today’s attack was much stronger as compared to earlier attacks, which shows that the militants have become more organized and lethal.

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