Published On: Fri, Oct 26th, 2012

Burma Rakhine Terror Attacks On Muslims Death Toll at 56

Burma Rakhine Terror Attacks On Muslims Death Toll at 56 – Several Muslims were killed overnight as terror attacks erupted despite a night-time curfew in at least two towns.

Burma Rakhine Terror Attacks

Burma Rakhine Terror Attacks

The latest terror attacks are the first serious outburst of violence since June when a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine after 90 people were killed. But tensions remained high between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims.

It is unclear what prompted the latest clashes. The Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims blame each other for the violence.

Clashes erupted in the Ratha Taung township late last night but this later spread to the Kyauk Taw township, where security forces opened fire, reports say.

Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing told BBC Burmese on Thursday that the total death toll since violence flared up again on Sunday had reached 56.

More than 1,000 houses Muslims population have been torched since then and police have deployed reinforcements in the townships of Min Bya and Mrauk Oo, where curfews are now in effect.

Source:  BBC