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Another Fire In Longdon Village Tract In Maungdaw

RB News 
March 19, 2014

Maungdaw, Arakan – For the third time, a fire has been reported in Longdon village tract in Maungdaw Township of Arakan state. The fire didn’t burn many houses but it wasn’t accidental. As usual, it was a systematic torching.

The fire started on the roof of a Rohingya house at 10 pm on 19/03/14 in Kyun Gaung hamlet of Longdon village tract in Maungdaw Township. The fire spread to the Madarasa (Islamic School) but the Rohingya villagers managed to extinguish the fire once it did. The house and the Madarasa were damaged by the fire but not completely burnt.

The villagers said that the fire wasn’t an accidental one as it started from the roof of the house. They said that extremists are systematically torching the structures.

At 9 pm a group of 5 Rakhine extremists holding swords and patrol gallon cans entered Ridaa hamlet of Aung Sit Pyin village tract in Maungdaw Township to torch the houses but the extremists couldn’t implement their plan as the villagers saw them. Although the Rohingya villagers tried to catch them in order to hand them over to the authorities, all five managed to escape from the village.

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