Militants attack Myanmar security forces leaving 25 people dead

Militants attack Myanmar security forces leaving 25 people dead

The former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the report

Friday, August 25, 2017

Myanmar security forces were attacked by militants at many police and border outposts in the Rakhine state during the night and police have confirmed that 25 people have died.

The militants were reportedly armed with guns and machetes and the attacks started after midnight last night, according to Time.

This was just a few hours after the Rakhine Advisory Commission released a report which suggested that the government in the country needed to improve economic development and social justice.

The commission claimed this would help to resolve violent clashes between Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Rakhine state.

According to a post on the Facebook page of leader Aung San Suu Kyi's office, it was intentional that these attacks took place after the report.

The page later reported that one immigration officer and eight police officers had been killed. It also stated that the bodies of 16 militants had been found and some police officer's weapons had been taken.

Border guard police officer Htun Naing said: "More than 150 Muslim attackers were surrounding our outpost with machetes and guns."

Local police claim at least 26 outposts were attacked at the same time.

Time reports that Rohingya people have faced severe discrimination for a long time in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and they were the targets when violence broke out in 2012, which displaced thousands of Rohingya people.