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Why homeless Rohingya are still backing Myanmar insurgency

Myanmar says ARSA is a ruthless Islamist extremist movement that wants to create an Islamic republic in northern Rakhine


For 28-year-old Rohingya Muslim shopkeeper Mohammed Rashid, the evening phone call from organisers of the fledgling insurgent movement came as a surprise. “Be ready,” was the message. A few hours later, after meeting in the darkness in an open field, he was one of 150 men who attacked a Myanmar Border Guard Police post armed with swords, homemade explosives and a few handguns. At the end of a short battle, half a dozen men he had grown up with in his village were dead. “We had no training, no weapons,” said Rashid, from the Buthidaung area of ...

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First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 08:01 IST