Firebrand monk Wirathu travels to Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State

Source: Reuters

By Wa Lone | YANGON

A Myanmar Buddhist monk renowned for his anti-Muslim sermons travelled to Rakhine State on Wednesday, an official said, sparking concern over religious tension in the region, where more than one million Rohingya Muslims live.

Wirathu – who once called himself the “Burmese bin Laden” – would visit the Muslim-majority northern part of the western state, said Police Colonel Nyan Win Oo of Maungdaw district police.

Police would provide security for the monk, Nyan Win Oo said, adding he was unaware of the reason for Wirathu’s visit.

“He will go to ethnic villages and will be here for two or three days,” he said, referring to settlements where non-Muslims live.

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