Two killed while making landmine in Rakhine

By AFP

YANGON — Security forces have started “clearance operations” in part of Rakhine State after two people were killed while trying to make a landmine, the government said Monday.

Two men died and three were injured by an explosion on the outskirts of Theni village in Buthidaung Township on Thursday, said a statement from the office of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Security forces launched the operations after the incident and on Sunday discovered supplies of gunpowder and charcoal which they believed were being used to make landmines.

They “are still investigating the deaths, injuries and those involved in making homemade mines”, the statement said.

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Northern parts of Rakhine State have been gripped by violence since October, when a militant group claiming to represent the country’s Rohingya community launched deadly attacks on police border posts.

In the following months hundreds of Rohingya, most of whom live in Rakhine, are thought to have been killed in an army campaign to root out suspected insurgents. UN investigators said the campaign was so brutal it could amount to ethnic cleansing.

Tens of thousands have fled to Bangladesh, the latest chapter in years of persecution. The UN’s refugee agency last week said almost 170,000 Rohingya had left the country since 2012.

Myanmar’s government has dismissed the claims and said the probe would only “inflame” the conflict.

On Monday Aung San Suu Kyi was greeted by protests as she went to receive the Freedom of the City of London award, during a visit to Britain. She is also visiting other European countries.

The Rohingya Muslim community are rejected by many members of the Buddhist majority as interlopers from Bangladesh and are denied citizenship.

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