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Rakhine Extremists Attempt To Torch A Mosque in Northern Maungdaw

MYARF Report |
Written by M.S. Anwar
 
December 3,
2013
Northern Maungdaw,
Arakan: These days, some Rakhine extremists are repeatedly attempting to torch
the Masjid (Mosque) at the northern hamlet of the village of Kyein-Chaung
(Bawli Bazaar), northern Maungdaw.
“Around 12:20AM on
28th November 2013, two Rakhine extremists attempted to torch a mosque at the
northern hamlet of Kyein-Chaung (Bawli Bazaar). When Rohingyas on sentry duty
tried to catch those extremists, they ran away and entered the Rakhine village
located nearby the mosque. On the night of 29thNovemeber 2013 as well, a few
Rakhine extremists attempted to do the same but they failed due to Rohingyas on
sentry duty.
Although the local
Rohingyas complaint to the adminstrator of the village, U Bone Kan Naing, he
ignored the complaint and is not taking any action to prevent such attempts by
Rakhines. Therefore, the Rohingya villagers fear that Rakhine extremists may
burn down the mosque and their houses with the help of authority and the
village administrator as usual. And Rohingyas will be vulnerable again as there
is no serious action being taken against these criminals” said a Rohingya from
nearby village.
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Elsewhere according
to a source at southern-most Maungdaw, on 25th Novemeber 2013, eight Rohingya
fishermen hails from the village of Ye-Chan-Pyin of Sittwe (Akyab) Township set
off by an engine boat to the bay of Bengal for fishing. Meanwhile, they
encountered with a larger boat with many Rakhines off the coast. The Rakhine
extremists severely beat Rohingya fishermen and damaged their boat engine. And
three of the Rohingya fishermen were thrown in the sea. Fortunately, the three
people did not face untimely demises as they were found by another Rohingya
fishing boat.