Myanmar Islamic organization condemns extremist terror attacks in northern state

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-11 09:52:59|Editor: liuxin
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YANGON, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The All Myanmar Islamic Religious Organization (AMIRO) has condemned the recent Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terror attacks in northern Rakhine state, urging Muslims in the country to cooperate with the authorities for peace and stability, the government's Information Committee said Monday.

In a statement, the AMIRO pledged collaboration with the government, interfaith groups and the public to prevent the threatened possible attacks on three major cities by the terrorists.

The statement called on people not to share, believe nor react emotionally to online instigation and to report to the authorities concerned if they find any suspicious activities.

"The AMIRO has never accepted terrorism and is totally against it," the statement said, adding that the organization feels very sorry for the innocent people who have been displaced.

The AMIRO comprises Jamiat Ulama-al Islam (Headquarters), Islamic Religious Affairs Council, All Myanmar Mawlawi Federation (Central), Myanmar Muslim Youth (Religious Affairs) Organization and Myanmar Muslim Nation Affairs Organization.

Extremist terrorists launched renewed attacks on police outposts in Rakhine on Aug. 25. As of Sept. 4, many residents from Taungpyo, Letwe, Kwuntheepin, Thechaung and Meetaik areas in Maungtaw district have fled to border areas for refuge and camped along the Myanmar side along the border with Bangladesh.

Earlier reports said 97 terrorist attacks by the ARSA during the period had killed 36 people, including 13 security force members, two government service personnel and 21 ethnic people. The attacks have also injured 22 others.

A total of 59 villages and 6,842 houses were burnt down by the extremist terrorists with eight bridges destroyed by mines.

Meanwhile, 371 terrorists were so far killed in clashes with the security forces, according to the reports.