| Seven Days in Rakhine: Day Two — The Bengali Siege of Kyauk Phyu
| Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Jihad Watch : The 2012 siege of Kyauk Phyu began at the mosque near the edge of the
Muslim quarter situated between two ethnic Rakhine areas, which is now
an empty field.
|The slaughter at Kyauk Phyu|
In order to reach the town center, ethnic Rakhines
needed to cross the Bengali village. Adjacent to the now overgrown field
remains a derelict house, which was shown to be the first house set
ablaze, and it still had visible fire damage. Our guide was a witness
when the Muslim violence in Kyauk Phyu erupted from the mosque.
He told us that the Bengalis were firing deadly weapons called
“jingalies” at the onset of the siege from the heights of the mosque.
These jingalies are sharpened metal arrows made from bicycle spokes with
barbs on the end to tear flesh, being launched from high-powered
slingshots which can bury deep into flesh, penetrating vital organs,
eyes, bone and muscle tissue. Here, jingalies were coated in poison from
battery acid, with the intent to kill.
Our guide said the jingalies shot from the mosque roof and minarets
were like a rain coming from the sky, a hail of poisoned metal arrows.
Bengalis fired 3-4 jingalies at a time on the frightened, defenseless
villagers below. As the guide was hit in the leg, he ran for cover by a
small water tower by the burning house, while he was trying to protect
others from the attack.
Ethnic Rakhine women and children were crying
everywhere in the village. Villagers covered in blood were fleeing the
scene with half a dozen jingalies sticking out of their bodies, easily
penetrating their thin, cotton traditional clothes. Rocks and bricks
were also being thrown from the mosque by the angry brigade of
jihadists, hitting our guide in the head.
Eventually the police arrived and called a face to face meeting
between the Muslim and Rakhine leaders, which did not stop the ongoing
violence. The attacks continued, as more houses were being torched by
Bengalis, who were throwing fire bugs and Molotov cocktails at Rakhine
houses. Fire bugs are metal rings covered with rope and cloth which is
doused in petrol that was stockpiled on Bengali boats prior to the
The magnetic rings will stick to the nails and metal in the
houses. The Bengalis had long swords and big knives, which they use in
the halal slaughter of cows, whereas the ethnic Rakhines had no such
weapons for these purposes. The guide told us that after the insurgency,
the Bengalis lied by claiming the opposite, that the Rakhines attacked
them with long swords.
There was no evidence of any swords or large
knives in the possession of Rakhines during our stay in Kyauk Phyu, or
Rakhine. Weapons are prohibited in Myanmar. Even Bengali children were
trained jihadist fighters in the insurgency. One of the guide’s friends
was found decapitated by a sword from this siege in an ISIS-style
Read it all here........................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:25 AM