Although not prominent in Western media accounts, it was attacks by these Islamist militants in August last year that lead to the Rohingya being forced to flee to Bangladesh.
New York Times:
A resistance group in Myanmar claimed responsibility on Sunday for an ambush of government forces in Rakhine State that left three people wounded, saying it had no choice but to defend the Rohingya from “state-sponsored terrorism.”
In a statement posted on Twitter, Atta Ullah, who identifies himself as commander of the rebel group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, said the attack on Friday morning in Maungdaw had been staged in response to efforts by Myanmar’s security forces to drive the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority country, from the area.
Mr. Atta Ullah accused government forces of continuing to kill civilians, rape women and destroy villages in a campaign of genocide.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Myanmar war infowar
Maungdaw, Rakhine, Myanmar
Myanmar (MM) is estimated to have a population of 54.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.8% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2.2 million.