ATTACKS by an unidentified group along Burma’s border to Bangladesh have left two policemen dead, officials have said.
Three border posts were assaulted near Maungdaw in the conflicted state of Rakhine early Sunday. Tin Maung Swe, a senior official in Rakhine’s state government, told AFP that in addition to the two officers killed, two people are injured and six other policemen are missing.
Another police source said up to eight police officers and several attackers were also killed, and added that weapons were taken by the assailants from the border posts.
Rohingya Vision, a news site that reports on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, published an article on Sunday morning claiming that the Burmese Armed Forces (BAF) had opened fire on “Rohingya people in northern Maungdaw”.
Citing “reliable sources in Maungdaw”, the news site added that some bridges in the town were also destroyed and three “Rakhine rebels” were admitted to hospital following the attacks.
Several journalists have tweeted that the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), a militant organization that has been believed to be largely defunct, are behind the attacks on the border posts.
— Mratt Kyaw Thu (@mrattkthu) October 9, 2016
1/2 Sources on the ground in Maungdaw saying RSO attacked central BGF facility. Gunshots heard. Other details not clear at this stage.
— Kayleigh E. Long (@ayleighk) October 9, 2016
The RSO was declared defunct by the Brussel-based think tank, the International Crisis Group in October 2014, reported Reuters at the time.
Conflict between hardline Buddhists and the Muslim Rohingya people have split the Rakhine state since 2012. In August, de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration signed an agreement with the Kofi Annan Foundation to set up an advisory commission to find solutions to the conflict.