The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

Myanmar unrest could develop into 'terrorism': Govt


YANGON (AFP) - Communal bloodshed in western Myanmar risks developing into "armed terrorist acts", the government said on Wednesday, after security forces were targeted by homemade firearms in deadly fighting.

Myanmar said 180 guns were seized during the new wave of clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state, which has killed dozens, displaced tens of thousands and seen whole neighbourhoods razed.

It said several people had been arrested on suspicion of making the weapons.

"The clashes between two communities are likely to turn from normal unrest to armed terrorist acts after the security forces were attacked with handmade guns," the government said, in a statement on the president's website.