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Rohingyas in Kyauktaw Fear of Rakhine’s Terror Attack Again

Report by Naim | Written by M.S. Anwar

October 21, 2013

Kyauktaw, Arakan: Rohingya Muslims in Kyauktaw township are living in fear of the potential terror attack by Rakhine terror again. A fight between five Rakhines and five Rohingyas took place on 18th October 2013. However, Myanmar authority has arrested five Rohingyas, while no Rakhine has been arrested relating to the fight.

A local of Kyauktaw reported the account as follows:

“Around 3PM on 18th October 2013, five Rohingyas from the Rohingya village of Pauktaw Palaung (Foida Fara) village tract went for fishing to the nearby creek. Meanwhile, some five Rakhines from the nearby Rakhine village also of Pauktaw Palaung village tract came up and attacked the Rohingyas by arrows and marbles (using catapults). The Rohingya boys dared to defend and caught one Rakhine, while the other four Rakhines managed to flee.

The Rohingyas beat up the Rakhine boy they had captured. So, Rakhines lodged complaints to the military. Military arrested two out of five Rohingya boys. They are: 1) Ayub Ali S/o Kadi (Age 55) and 2) Ahram S/o Idris (Age 45). Since then, the military have kept the two boys incommunicado.

On 19th October 2013 night, hundreds of Rakhine extremists surrounded the Rohingya village, Maidani Fara, and attempted to attack the villagers. However, the authority prevented Rakhines from attacking Rohingyas saying that they had arrested the culprits.

And around 10AM this (on 21st October 2013) morning, the military arrested three senior Rohingya leaders for no reason. They are: 1) Mustafa Kamal S/o ? (age 52), 2) Hafizur Rahman S/o (Age 49) and 3) Kaandur S/o Mohammed Omar.

On the other hand, Rakhines are making gatherings and planning to attack Muslims in Kyuaktaw again. We are living in fear of terror attack especially because we have witnessed that Myanmar authority backed up Rakhine terrorists when they were up for full-fledged attacks against Muslims in Arakan.

We request international community and good Burmese to do their best to head off this potential violence against Muslims in Kyauktaw.”

Kyauktaw Township (Photo: Google Map)
Kyauktaw Township (Photo: Google Map)