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Over 400 homeless in Rakhine violence
Publication Date : 07-10-2013
At least 482 people were rendered homeless and 114 homes were destroyed from the Thandwe violence that ended after week-long of intensive clamp down by the authorities, according to officials.
The Thandwe violence, which started on the evening of September 29 and ended on October 4 in Rakhine State, also claimed five lives and injured five others, officials said.
In addition to the destroyed houses, three religious buildings and a petrol godown were burned to the ground by rioters.
The government said the authorities detained 44 suspects including two women involved in the violence. The suspects detained include 37 Rakhines and two Kaman ethnics, said senior police officer Kyaw Tint.
Suspected murder and arsonists were detained at the Thandwe Prison for security reasons, the police said.
“Fourteen suspects are from the town and 25 others are from nearby villages,” said the chief police officer for Thandwe District.
Among them, two involved in attacking a house owned by a Kaman who ignited the public anger there in the town were later released on bail.
“They [suspects] are now under police interrogation at Thandwe Prison. Those two who involved in an attack at the beginning of the violence were released on bail,” said a police officer from Thandwe.
In an earlier report, Myanmar President Thein Sein said the recent communal violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State was deliberately set to coincide with his scheduled visit to the region.