Myanmar: Fears of violence after deadly border attack

Al Jazeera

Myanmar’s border guards buried nine officers killed in the western state of Rakhine following three deadly attacks on posts along the northwestern frontier with Bangladesh.

Most people in the area are Muslim Rohingya, a stateless minority whom Buddhist nationalists vilify as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh – even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations.

Officers carried wooden coffins draped with national flags through rain and thick mud on Tuesday before laying them to rest in a cemetery in the town of Maungdaw.

Troops have poured into the town and surrounding area after Sunday’s attacks by what authorities have described as mobs armed with knives and homemade weapons.

At least four people were killed in clashes with soldiers who hunted for the attackers, police said. Locals put the toll at seven and said they were unarmed residents.