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Three dead in new wave of Myanmar communal clashes

Published on Oct 23, 2012 2:23 PM

YANGON (AFP) - At least three people have been killed in a fresh outbreak of communal violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, a local official said on Tuesday.

The clashes laid bare festering tensions between the two communities after widespread violence in June left dozens dead, tens of thousands displaced and prompted rights groups to warn of a humanitarian crisis.

"We got the information that three people, an ethnic Rakhine man and two Muslim women, were killed at Pandeinkone village during yesterday's (Monday's) clashes," Mr 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.

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