Two blasts rattle Myanmar village near Bangladesh border amid Rohingya exodus

Two blasts rocked a Myanmar area near the Bangladeshi border, on Monday, accompanied by the sound of gunfire and thick black smoke near village Taung Pyo Let Way, a foreign news agency reported. Bangladeshi border guards believe the injured woman stepped on an anti-personnel mine, although that was not confirmed.

Bangladeshi border guards said a woman lost a leg from a blast about 50 meters inside Myanmar and was carried into Bangladesh to get treatment.

The latest violence in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people and triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.

Read more: Nearly 90,000 Rohingya escape Myanmar violence as humanitarian crisis looms

The treatment of Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has come under increasing diplomatic pressure from countries with large Muslim populations such as Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia and Pakistan to protect Rohingya civilians.

Myanmar says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists” responsible for a string of attacks on police posts and the army since last October.

On Monday, Reuters reporters saw fires and heard gunshots before the explosions.

A Myanmar military source said security forces still had difficulty penetrating the remote northern part of Maungdaw region – close to the Bangladeshi border.



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