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Ko Ko Linn of RSO orders his followers to kill ARSA members
Ko Ko Linn, head of RSO's political wing, was recorded ordering the mass killing of ARSA members after the destruction of the Zero Point camp. Orders included denying funeral prayers for those killed.
The Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO), a previously dormant group seeking to advocate for Rohingya in Myanmar, recently participated in a violent operation and displaced thousands of Rohingya refugees from No Man’s Land. See my article about this here.
Audio recordings obtained later reveal the group's head, Ko Ko Linn, ordering mass killings of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) members and justifying the murders by saying those who carry them out will be rewarded as martyrs by Allah. Dhaka Tribune published my article on this today.
Listen to the audio here
Full English translation below.
In the audio clip, Ko Ko Linn orders his followers to kill members of ARSA, using violent language: “Kill them like the way you kill mosquitoes. Kill them like the way you kill insects.” He further instructs his followers to “drag them from the shelters and kill them by stabbing them”, referring to ARSA or Al Yakin members. He adds, “they don't deserve funeral prayers. They should not be given a funeral shroud.” Ko Ko Linn, who is not a recognised religious leader, justifies the killings in the three-plus minute audio recording, saying “it would not be a sin to kill them, and those who do will be rewarded like martyrs by Allah on the Day of Resurrection.”
The recording raises serious concerns about the RSO's leadership, their increased presence in refugee camps, and their alleged involvement with Bangladeshi security forces. To paraphrase a Rohingya mazhi I spoke to “the Rohingya community is in need of trustworthy advocates to protect them from violence, and Ko Ko Linn's role raises serious questions about the future of the Rohingya community under the RSO.”
The full translation of the audio is below:
Assalamualikhum Warahamotullahi waborkhatoho
O brothers share my audio clip here in the camps, everywhere where there are groups.
O, fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters, the young, the elderly, the small, men, women - all of you, you know who the ARSA supporters are. In each camp, you know who they are. At this time, as RSO has surrounded Zero Point, ARSA will not be able to come to the camps any longer. In the camps, those who are ARSA-Al Yakin supporters, find them and take them out and then kill them, kill them, kill them.
Mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, kill them all including Mazhis, other Arsa supporters and bad people who are present. You people in the camps, you are without food and sleep. You have hunger and you are thirsty. Find them. Kill them. In the camps those who are Mazhis, ARSA worldwide are supported by them. Mazhis are created this way to earn money. You know better than us. Arrest them.
Gather 200 or 400 or 300 or 20 or 50 people as groups and go find them. Find them. And drag them from the shelters and kill them by stabbing them with knives. Kill them with spears.
Bury them directly. Don't dress the dead with kafon. Don't bury them in graves. Don't hold their funeral prayer. Understand?
They don't deserve funeral prayer. They don't deserve the funeral shroud. Got it? Bury them .
Understood? Kill them! Kill them! Kill them! Don't lose this chance. Don't lose this chance. You will not get it again. Understand? Today, in the camps, how have they treated you? So if you have blood in your bodies today, if you want to take revenge on behalf of you mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, you have to take action.
O, fathers, all of you in the camps, the ARSA-Al Yakin supporters are well known to you. Grab them. Drag them from their homes. Drag them from the homes. Kill them straightaway. Kill them. Bury them straightaway. Got it ? ARSA-Al Yakin will not be able to come from Zero Point anymore, with Allah’s help, because they are surrounded by RSO. There might be some other departments. I don't want to add further details.. But you need to clean the camps. Clear the camps. ARSA-Al Yakin must be annihilated, annihilated, annihilated,
Exterminate them all and arrest Mazhis and ARSA-Al Yakin. Burn them, Burn them. It will not be a sin. It will not be a sin. And also you will be rewarded like a martyr is rewarded. Understand?
And so, if you can kill ARSA, you will get the rewards of a martyr. You will be rewarded like a martyr. Allah will give you that title on the day of the resurrection. Don't think. Kill them like the way you kill mosquitoes, Kill them like the way you kill insects. O, fathers, sisters, take the lathis and then kill them. Spear them. Quickly, quickly. Bury them. Some of you should dig the holes. Some should kill them. Some others should carry them to the holes and put them down.
Do exactly that. Otherwise, you cannot get freedome. Otherwise there is no way to be freed. You all, don’t be lazy any more. Don't stay lazy. You don't need to fear Allah and no need to think of the world. Exterminate them. Exterminate them. Exterminate them, Criminal ARSA-Al Yakin. Rohingya must exterminate them. Rohingya must exterminate them. Myanmar and Rakhine are supporting them. Then they are creating many problems for Bangladesh. So you exterminate them. They are a cancer disease for the Rohingya. A fatigue disease for the Rohingya and a chronic disease. O, fathers, mothers, sisters, exterminate them. ARSA-Al Yakin - exterminate them .
Assalamualikhum Warahamotullahi waborkhatoho
As we are in far place, we are unable to…understand? If we have a chance, we will come soon. Inshallah , we will come soon. We are also trying to see how we can protect mothers and sisters and we are trying to take our country. First of all, exterminate ARSA-Al Yakin. They are a serious cancer disease. Understand? You all must exterminate them. Salam Walaikum. O, father, you are welcome to share my message worldwide everywhere. No fear. There is no fear. Understand? Must kill the criminals’ sons. Must exterminate criminals. Must exterminate disbelievers.
Assalamualikhum warahamotullahi warborkhatohow