Myanmar police arrest Muslims over Yangon bombings

Myanmar police arrest Muslims over Yangon bombings

Violence in Rakhine - home to the stateless ethnic group loathed by many of Myanmar's Buddhist majority - surged in the past month after security forces poured into the area following a series of attacks on police posts blamed on local fighters.

McKissick accused Myanmar army soldiers and border guard police of killing villagers, raping women and girls, and burning down homes in Rohingya communities during a security crackdown and search of Maungdaw and Buithidaung townships for armed militants following deadly attacks on border guard posts on October 9. Foreign journalists and independent investigators have been banned from accessing the area to probe the claims.

Speaking at a discussion, he further said the people who are fleeing from Myanmar to save their lives are not allowed to come to Bangladesh.

There has been great disappointment that Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose political party took power in Myanmar this year after decades of military-guided rule, has failed to ease the plight of Rohingya despite her reputation as a fighter for human rights.

On Tuesday, the UN's rights agency said the Rohingya may be victims of crimes against humanity, as former United Nations chief Kofi Annan arrived in the country for a visit that will include a trip to northern Rakhine.

At least 30,000 have been internally displaced in Rakhine and many have tried to reach Bangladesh over the past month despite heightened border patrols, seeking refuge in Rohingya camps across the Bangladeshi border.

"There were 12 to 13 Rohingya in each of the boats", Zahid said.

Indonesian police on Sunday said they arrested an Islamic State-linked militant for planning to bomb Myanmar's embassy in the capital Jakarta.

"We postponed the Indonesia trip because of the problems in Rakhine and also northern Shan State" where the army is fighting ethnic insurgents, said deputy director general Aye Aye Soe.

That same day, Malaysia's foreign ministry called on the Myanmar government to address the alleged ethnic cleansing and said it would summon the country's ambassador to convey its concerns about the matter, Reuters reported.

Rakhine is home to more than a million Rohingyas, a community not recognised as citizens in the country and shunned as Bangladeshi immigrants.

But Muslim-majority Malaysia has recently upped its criticism of Myanmar for its handling of the crisis.

"He will visit [Myanmar capital] Nay Pyi Taw and Rakhine State", said Aye Lwin, who is also a founding member of the interfaith organization Religions for Peace.