September 23, 2017

Islamic villagers’ cooperation urged in search for terrorists

A police officer guards near a house which was burnt down in Maungtaw, northern Rakhine State, on 30 August 2017. Photo: REUTERS

Islamic villagers in northern Maungtaw have been urged over loudspeakers to cooperate when security forces search for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists, and not to pose a threat or brandish weapons when the security forces enter their villages.
Villagers from Pantawpyin Village (West) underwent a search by security forces on Friday without incident, and pledged that they will cooperate with the forces in search of the extremist terrorists.
After the search and enquiry work, the security forces provided aid to the villagers.
There have been instances of active cooperation from villagers in the hunt for terrorists.
In Maungni Village, which has a population of about 7,000 Islamics, villagers caught two ARSA extremist terrorists and handed over them to security forces on Thursday.
“Our villagers are on alert around the clock to arrest terrorists in our village. We all don’t want terrorism,” said Adu Rawman, of Maungni Village.
“We have lived on friendly terms with the ethnic Rakhine people, and are keeping in touch with them even though deadly conflict has happened,” said Adu Rawman.

Thursday’s arrest of the ARSA terrorist came one day after seven other ARSA extremist terrorists were arrested by Islam villagers in northern Maungtaw.
Meanwhile, authorities have urged the people in Rakhine State not to spread rumours with the intention of causing further conflict. Rumours have caused hindrances to the security and administrative efforts jointly carried out by the security forces and the people, said the statement.
Amid ongoing terrorist threats by ARSA extremist terrorists, the security forces have evacuated villagers, provided security to the local people and given aid to them, said the statement. The villagers took part in Eid al-Adha prayer yesterday Eid al-Adha is one of the major holy daus in Islam.

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