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Five Arakanese Imprisoned for Inter-communal Violence: Report

2 August 2013

Five Arakanese Buddhists were sentenced to three years in prison for their role in last year’s inter-communal violence in western Burma’s Arakan State, Narinjara reports. Tun Shwe Maung, Maung Maung Naing, Myin Naing, Kan Tha Aung and Maung Htwe Sein, all from Mrauk-U and Minbya townships, were convicted for attacking the Muslim village of Purin Gon in Mrauk-U Township in October 2012. According to Narinjara, six people were killed and houses were destroyed during attacks on Purin Gon and another village. During violence between Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims last year, a total 192 people were killed and about 140,000 were displaced.