Rohingya rebels say 'no option' but to fight after ambush on Myanmar army

Rohingya rebels say 'no option' but to fight after ambush on Myanmar army

Insurgents claim responsibility for attack in northern Rakhine state, saying they are fighting ‘Burmese state-sponsored terrorism’

Rohingya Muslim have said they have “no other option” but to fight what they called Myanmar’s state-sponsored terrorism in order to defend their community.

On Sunday the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) claimed responsibility for an ambush on Myanmar security forces that left several wounded in northern Rakhine state, the first attack in weeks in a region gutted by violence.

The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”. 

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