6 Sep 2017
Writer: Azizullah Popal

Reports: Myanmar Laying Landmines on Bangladesh Border

Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh for the past three days, according to reports citing two government sources in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The sources said the purpose may be to prevent the return of Rohingyas Muslims fleeing violence. Bangladesh will on Wednesday formally lodge a protest against the laying of landmines so close to the border, the sources, who had direct knowledge of the situation but asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, told Reuters news agency. Since the latest round of violence began in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, at least 400 people have been killed and nearly 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, leading to a major humanitarian crisis.

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