Bomb blast near mosque in Myanmar Rakhine state

Bomb blast near mosque in Myanmar Rakhine state
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Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar 's Rakhine state, the government said on Friday, the latest unrest in a region that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee in under a month.

The violence comes days after Myanmar 's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared that the military had ceased its “clearance operations” in the border area.

The army claims it is trying to flush out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.

But civilian refugees streaming into Bangladesh say they were terrorised by soldiers and vigilante Buddhist mobs who torched their villages to the ground.

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