Myanmar Allegedly Laying Mines on Bangladesh Border Amid Rohingya Muslim Exodus

© AFP 2022 / Thein ZawMyanmar police officers patrol along the border fence between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar. (File)
Myanmar police officers patrol along the border fence between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar. (File) - Sputnik International
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As the recent escalation in violence in Myanmar has resulted in hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, an exclusive Reuters report claims that Myanmari troops have been laying landmines across a section of the border between the two states.

"They are putting down the landmines in their territory along a barbed-wire fence situated between a series of border pillars," two Bangladeshi government source have told Reuters in an exclusive interview.

According to the sources, such actions may have been aimed at preventing the return of Rohingya Muslims back into Myanmar.

"Our forces have also seen three to four groups working near the barbed wire fence, putting something into the ground," one of the sources added. "We then confirmed with our informers that they were laying land mines."

While, according to the sources, nothing has been done on Bangladeshi soil, they have stressed that "such actions hadn't been seen at the border before".

Earlier on Tuesday, two blasts occurred on the Myanmar side of the border, injuring two boys near a border crossing, a Bangladeshi border guard officer, Manzurul Hassan Khan, told Reuters.

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Myanmar's army has not commented on the blasts near the border. However, a Myanmar military source said that the mines had been there since the 90s to prevent trespassing and simply not been removed.

The report comes amid a recent escalation of the crisis between Myanmar security forces and the Rohygnia muslims minority.

In late August, insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in the state of Rakhine. The attacks prompted a violent response by Myanmar's authorities, resulting in clashes and the death of hundreds of people while forcing thousands of others to flee to Bangladesh.

 

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