Myanmar: 9 cops killed

Myanmar: 9 cops killed

Agency News

Yangon, Mar 10 : Nine policemen were killed in an attack on a village outpost in Ponnagyun township, Myanmar's Rakhine state with two others being injured, according to local police force on Sunday.

A bloody military crackdown in 2017 forced some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims over the border into Bangladesh in violence UN investigators have said warrants the prosecution of top generals for genocide and crimes against humanity.

But the armed forces are now waging a war against a militant group claiming to represent the state's ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, a population that also stands accused of aiding soldiers in their expulsion of the Rohingya.

The Arakan Army (AA) has in recent months mounted several attacks on security forces and officials in its struggle for more autonomy and rights for Rakhine people.

The latest attack occurred late Saturday took place in Yoetayoke village, just an hour north of Rakhine state's capital Sittwe. Nine police were killed, one was injured and another one is missing, a senior police officer told AFP, not wanting to be named. (UNI)