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Three Rakhine Men Arrested after Explosives Seized in Northern Maungdaw

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June 28, 2017

Northern Maungdaw -- Three Rakhine men have been arrested in Northern Maungdaw after explosives and weapons were found inside their car by the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP), according to an eyewitness report.

The police searched the car on suspicion while the Rakhine men stopped at the market of the village of 'Thaman Thar' (locally called Shaab Bazaar) to fix the flat tire of the car at around 1:00pm (on June 27).

After seizures of the explosive materials and three guns found in the car, the Police seized the car; and arrested and took the Rakhine men to the Border Guard Police Post in the Region 2, northern Maungdaw. 

After the fighting between four Rakhine men -- who were later identified as military personnel in civil dress -- and some unidentified Rohingya men nearby the village of 'Kyun Pauk Pyu Zuu' in Northern Maungdaw on June 24, the joint forces of the Myanmar military and Border Guard Police along with scores of Rakhine extremists armed with swords and machetes have been sporadically conducting raids on the village plundering homes, killing and attacking people, and harassing women alleging that the Rohingya men indulged in the fighting were from the village. Apparently, the Myanmar State is now attempting to fan a 2012-style violence pitting the Rakhine people against the Rohingyas. 

As the situation in northern Maungdaw is deliberately being intensified by the Myanmar armed forces, the local Rohingyas express their fear that Rakhine extremist groups and rebel groups are reportedly supplying weapons to the local Rakhine people who are also backed by the State.

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[Reported by Rohingya Eye; Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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