Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Burma: Mob kills Rohingya Muslim with bricks in street attack as violence against group intensifies


“We questioned the young policeman. He said he tried to stop them but he wasn't able to and ran away back to the police station”

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | Int'l Desk
Source/Credit: The Independent UK
By Simon Lewis | July 5, 2017

Police flee scene in Sittwe as Rakhine Buddhists beat 55-year-old Maung Nu to death

A policeman in Burma fled the scene of a deadly mob attack on Rohingya Muslims that has put the troubled western state of Rakhine on edge, two police officials said on Wednesday.

A group of Rakhine Buddhists threw bricks at Rohingya men in the state capital of Sittwe on Tuesday, killing one - identified as Maung Nu, also known as Monir Ahmad, 55 - the office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement.

Two police officers told Reuters an unarmed junior policeman was with the Muslim men at the time of the attack but was unable to protect them from the mob.

“We questioned the young policeman. He said he tried to stop them but he wasn't able to and ran away back to the police station,” said Colonel Myo Thu Soe, spokesman for the home affairs ministry in the capital, Naypyitaw.

No one had been arrested for the attack, but an investigation was going on, he said.

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