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Death toll tops 100 in Myanmar ethnic strife

/ 04:18 PM October 26, 2012

A Rakhine refugee receives medical treatment at Kyauktaw hospital in Kyauktaw, Rakhine State, western Myanmar on Thursday. At least 56 people have been killed and 1,900 homes destroyed in renewed ethnic violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in western Myanmar. AP

SITTWE, Myanmar—A government spokesman in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine says the death toll in recent communal violence is now more than 100.

Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said Friday that 112 people had been killed in clashes that began Sunday between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities. He said 72 people were reported injured, including 10 children

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The government announced earlier that almost 2,000 homes had been burned down in the conflict.

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