Western Myanmar clashes kill 112 as president vows justice

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BANGKOK — President Thein Sein vowed to charge the people behind an upsurge in violence in western Myanmar between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that has killed 112 in the past five days.

The clashes in Rakhine State have killed 51 men and 61 women, and left 68 people injured, including 10 children, Win Myaing, a local government spokesman, said today. The situation is now under control and security personnel are patrolling the area, he said.

The death toll is higher than in sectarian violence in June, when about 90 people were killed in clashes after a Rakhine woman was raped and murdered. Thein Sein has struggled to bring peace to the area as he expands political freedom and seeks to attract investment.

The government has identified instigators behind the violence and pledged to bring them to justice, the statement said. The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar.

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