Martial law in Myanmar district
- Published: 9 Jun 2012 at 15.35
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Authorities imposed martial law in an area of Myanmar's western Rakhine State on Saturday after Muslims allegedly torched hundreds of houses and killed at least five people.
State media announced that Maung Thaw district, about 230 kilometres west of Yangon, was under a dusk-to-dawn curfew.One official claimed the attackers came from a "neighbouring country"."Nineteen shops, 386 houses and one hotel were burned," said a statement on President Thein Sein's official website. "Four men and a woman were killed with knives."The exact number of casualties was hard to determine as many villagers had fled to the hills, villagers said."Around 100 people were injured," said Zaw Than, a resident of Maung Thaw. "Soldiers are still searching for victims who are hiding in the hills."Vice President Sai Mauk Khen flew to Rakhine to inspect the scene. Troops were fully deployed and military doctors have been sent by plane to the area.Armed Rohingya came early on Saturday morning "to destroy and burn down the villages", a Myanmar official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity."They came from the neighbouring country by boats."The rampage was...
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