One Arakanese Killed While American Ambassador and Team Visit Rambree

Rambree: One Arakanese elder was reportedly killed after his throat was slit, on the day the American ambassador Derek Mitchell and other delegates arrived in Rambree in Arakan State on a tour aimed at investigating recent communal violence in the region.

A ancient pagoda in Rambree.

The American ambassador along with other western delegates and the minister of border affairs Lt. Gen. Thein Htay came to Rambree for the investigation on the 1st of October.

“Coincidentally an Arakanese elder from Rwe Rwathit in Rampauk Village Tract in Rambree was killed a few hours before the American ambassador came to the town. His dead body is now being kept in the Rambree Township Public Hospital”, said U Kyaw, a local resident.

The deceased is identified as 54 year old U Tun Mya, a resident of Rwe Rwa Thit Village under Ram Pauk Village Tract in Rambree Township.

“He was killed at around 11 am on the day when he was working on his betel plantation that is 45 minutes away on foot from his village. There is a machete wound on his right cheek and his throat was cut. It is quite certain he was not killed by any Arakanese after viewing the wounds on his body”, said U Kyaw.

Anger and dissatisfaction over the brutal murder of U Tun Mya are said to be growing amongst residents in Rambree Township. Most of them are now blaming the local authorities for his murder.

“About 400 Kamen people are now gathered in the township administration office. They have been behaving however they like in the town, but the authorities are still neglecting to control them. The people here are embittered with the authorities’ negligence and a problem may occur at any time if the authorities continue with this negligence”, he said.

He said that there are still no security forces in the rural areas though soldiers are now undertaking security patrols in the urban areas.

Public criticism against the authorities is growing in Arakan State after the authorities issued an announcement that ordered people to surrender all of their homemade weapons within three days while the region remains insecure.

It is learnt that the western delegates, including American ambassador Derek Mitchell, British ambassador Andrew Heyn, and Australian ambassador Ms. Bronte Moules, were being accompanied by Lt.Gen. Thein Htay, and have been touring the areas hit by the renewed violence in Arakan State.

They are said to have started their mission to the region on Thursday.