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78 Arrested for Thandwe Violence, Official Death Toll Rises to 7

14 October 2013

The official death toll of recent inter-communal violence in Thandwe Township, southern Arakan State, has risen to seven, while 78 arrests have been made in relation to the violence, state-owned newspaper The New Light of Myanmar announced. “According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 78 people who are suspected of manipulating, committing and abetting the riots in Thandwe… have been detained,” the newspaper reports, adding that a total of seven people were killed and five injured during the violence. Arakanese Buddhists mobs attacked seven ethnic Kaman Muslim villages from Sept. 29-Oct. 3, destroying 112 homes and three mosques, while displacing 478 people.

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