YANGON– Rohingya rebels on Sunday (Jan 7) claimed responsibility for an ambush on Myanmar security forces that left several wounded in northern Rakhine state, the first attack in weeks in a region gutted by violence.
Rakhine was plunged into turmoil last August, when a series of insurgent raids prompted a military backlash so brutal the UN says it likely amounts to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority.
The army campaign sent some 650,000 Rohingya fleeing for Bangladesh, where refugees have given harrowing accounts of rape, murder and arson at the hands of security forces and vigilantes.
Myanmar’s military, which tightly controls information about Rakhine, denies any abuses and insists the crackdown was a proportionate response to crush the “terrorist” threat.
The insurgents, known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), have launched few attacks in recent months.
But the army reported that “about ten” Rohingya militants ambushed a car with hand-made mines and gunfire on Friday morning, wounding two officers and their driver.
The militants claimed responsibility for the ambush in a rare post from an official Twitter account on Sunday.
“Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) hereby declares that we carried out an ambush against the Burmese terrorist army … at around 10:00am on 05 January 2018,” it said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK