25 Aug '17, 4pm

Fresh violence kills 89 in Myanmar's Rakhine State

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar: At least 89 people including a dozen security forces were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar's authorities said Friday (Aug 25), triggering a fresh exodus of refugees towards Bangladesh. The state is bisected by religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. The office of de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said 12 security officials had been killed alongside 77 militants - the highest declared single day toll since fighting broke out last year. Friday's fighting exploded around Rathedaung township which has seen a heavy build-up of Myanmar troops in recent weeks, with reports filtering out of killings by shadowy groups, army-blockaded villages and abuses. Some 20 police posts came under attack in the earl...

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