Bangladesh: No ARSA, Arakan Militant Bases in Country

Bangladesh’s government on Wednesday vehemently denied allegations by neighboring Myanmar that Rohingya and Arakan militants were operating bases on Bangladeshi territory, after officials in Naypyidaw vowed to “crush” Arakan Army insurgents in Rakhine state.None of these groups were in Bangladesh, nor was the country “harboring any terrorist organization within its soil,” the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a strongly worded statement.“The allegations are totally fake and baseless,” the ministry said.“It is not possible to operate terrorist bases in Bangladesh because of high alertness and effective preventive measures by the security forces” that were in line, it added, with the government’s zero tolerance policy toward such groups.Arakan Army (AA) last week launched raids on police outposts in Buthidaung township that left 13 policemen dead and nine others injured, officials said. The AA said it lost three of its fighters in the violence. The group is fighting the Myanmar military for greater autonomy in Rakhine and claims to represent the region’s Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group..............


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