Myanmar rebels signal strikeback

Yangon: Rohingya insurgents have said they have no option but to fight what they called Myanmar's state-sponsored terrorism to defend the community.

The insurgents had demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future, which the regime rejected.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) had launched raids on the Myanmar security forces on August 25, igniting sweeping counter-insurgency operations that led to violence and arson and an exodus.

But since the August raids, the small insurgent group had launched few if any attacks until Friday, when its fighters ambushed a Myanmar military truck and wounded several troops.

"Arsa has... no other option but to combat 'Burmese state-sponsored terrorism' against the Rohingya population for the purpose of defending, salvaging and protecting the Rohingya community," the group said in a statement signed by leader Ata Ullah and posted on Twitter. Reuters


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