05 January 2017
Malaysian authorities detained a suspected ISIS sympathiser who was planning to travel to Myanmar to carry out attacks as retribution for the ill treatment of the country’s Muslim minority.
An investigation was launched after police officers were filmed allegedly beating Muslim villagers during a security operation in Rakhine state.
The unverified video – which was shot in a region of Myanmar shrouded by secrecy because of the intense ongoing military presence – quickly went viral after it was shared online.
The office of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi named four officers who took part in the operation, which a state newspaper said was part of a tip-off that militants were being sheltered in the village.
… Rohan Gunaratna, a security expert at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said ISIS operations in the region were “determined to mount attacks both inside Myanmar and against Myanmar targets overseas”.
GPO / ICPVTR / Online
Last updated on 11/01/2017