Sectarian violence hits Myanmar’s west

Police and army reinforcements have been deployed to Myanmar’s Rakhine State — which borders Bangladesh — to quell the violence after villagers’ homes were set ablaze early Saturday. Unrest flared Friday when at least 4 Buddhists were killed in riots in Rakhine, which is home to large numbers of Rohingya, a Muslim group described by the United Nations (UN) as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. Government officials blame “armed” Muslim Rohingya from a “neighboring country” for the unrest.


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