Terrorists kill 18 villagers involved in NVC program


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As many as 18 village leaders who had worked on the issuance of national verification cards in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state have been killed in the last three months in Muslim-majority Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, RFA has reported quoting a state government official.

The official blamed the murders on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a Muslim terrorist group that carried out deadly attacks on 30 police posts and an army base in northern Rakhine state on Aug. 25.

The village heads had assisted staff members from the state’s Immigration and Population Department in issuing national verification cards (NVCs) — the step before the scrutinization of citizenship in accordance with the country’s 1982 Citizenship Law — to Rohingya Muslim residents as one of the programs being implemented to improve Rakhine state’s development.

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