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Four Rohingya fishermen, residents of Thu Oo Hla village in northern Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, Myanmar, were abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) on May 22nd and have not yet returned home.

The abducted fishermen have been identified as Soyedul Islam (30), Solamot Ullah (21), Korim Ullah (30), and Mohammad Nur (25). These individuals, who make their living by fishing, were taken by AA at around 10 o’clock in the morning.

β€œA group of AA arrived in Thu Oo Hla village on the evening of May 20th and met with the village chairman. The chairman arranged food and other necessities for them, which were collected from the villagers. The group stayed until May 21st,” said a villager.

The AA then moved to Bodi Pyin village, where they abducted the four fishermen while they were at a local shop. According to eyewitnesses, the men were brutally tortured and beaten before being taken towards Rwa Yun Taung village.

A resident of Bodi Pyin reported, β€œAfter abducting the four men, the AA gathered all the villagers and accused them of being informants and supporters of the military and Rohingya armed groups, calling them β€˜Bengalis’ with baseless accusations. The villagers were detained from 10 o’clock in the morning until 8 o’clock in the evening.”

The situation in Bodi Pyin and Thu Oo Hla villages is critical, with villagers living in fear and panic due to the arbitrary abductions by the AA. They are demanding the immediate release of the four fishermen.

Rohingya Vision News