Village burns in Rakhine state

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COX’S BAZAAR (AFP) – Bangladesh officials said yesterday a huge fire burned and gunshots were heard in a village across the border in Myanmar’s conflict-scarred Rakhine state, where authorities want to return Rohingya refugees. A “big fire” was seen raging late Monday in an abandoned village from Tombru, a frontier post in Cox’s Bazar district, a senior Bangladeshi border guard said. It is believed the homes ablaze belonged to Rohingya, the official said. Another border official said he heard several gunshots before flames were seen leaping from the village. It was not possible to independently verify the accounts as Myanmar has heavily restricted access to the area. Abul Naser, a 42-year-old Rohingya refugee, said: “They are trying to send us a message, they are trying to scare us so that we never go back.”

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