Three dead in new wave of Burma clashes

October 24, 2012
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RANGOON, Burma – At least three people are dead following a fresh outbreak of violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in the western Rakhine state, AFP reported Tuesday (October 23rd).

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    Tensions remain high between the two communities after widespread violence in June left dozens dead and tens of thousands displaced. Rights groups have warned of a potential humanitarian crisis there.

    "We got the information that three people, an ethnic Rakhine man and two Muslim women, were killed at Pandeinkone village during (Monday's) clashes," Hla Thein, Rakhine state chief justice told AFP.

    "It's difficult to control the situation," he said, adding that there was no information on the number of wounded.

    Hundreds of homes were torched in the unrest in the two neighbouring villages, while an overnight curfew failed to stop violence from flaring again Tuesday.

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