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Five Rohingya Houses Burnt Down in Buthidaung

RB News
January 29, 2018

Buthidaung, Arakan State -- Five Rohingya houses and two Cowsheds have been destroyed in a fire in Buthidaung Township this afternoon.

It has been reported that the fire broke out at 'Kyauk Phyu Taung' village in Buthidaung around 3 pm local time. Although the exact cause of the fire is unidentified, the villagers highly suspect that the BGP (Border Guard Police) set the houses on fire.

"The Immigration, Ma-Ka-Pha (short form of 'Team for Prevention of Illegal Immigration from Westgate') and the BGP arrived at the village this morning to conduct 'Headcount (Census) Operation'. While all the villagers gathered at one place, most parts of the village were void of people. 

"The BGP personnel were making rounds and hunting birds in the village. It was around that time, the fire started, said a villager to RB News.

Amidst the presence of the BGP, the villagers were apparently afraid to approach to the scene to extinguish the fire. The Fire Brigade arrived at the village after the fire razed the five houses and two other cowsheds.

Since August 25, 2017, the Joint Forces of Burmese (Myanmar) Military and BGP have entirely or partially burnt down more than 350 Rohingya villages in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung Townships.

[Reported by RB Correspondent; Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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