Bomb blast damages Islamic school in Buthidaung


YANGON — Authorities in Buthidaung have confirmed a bomb blast on Friday morning has damaged and possibly destroyed a madrassa in Mee Chaung, a village in an area of northern Rakhine State that had remained largely peaceful after the violence of recent weeks.

Mee Chaung, a Muslim village around eight miles north of Buthidaung town, is under the jurisdiction of a Border Guard Police unit based in nearby Taung Bazar.

Police Captain Thaung Ngwe said the blast occurred at 10am but authorities had yet to establish the type of bomb or whether there had been any injuries. He added that the government’s Information Committee would provide a public update on the attacks soon.

The Taung Bazar garrison came under attack during the coordinated August 25 attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on security posts across Maungdaw District. Military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing had travelled to Taung Bazar on Wednesday to congratulate BGP officers on their defence.

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State MP U Tun Aung Thein (Arakan National Party, Buthidaung-2) said that the BGP and military were investigating the blast.

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