Army deployed after houses burnt in Bangladesh clashes

Muslim refugees near a camp in Bangladesh. (AFP)

Bangladesh deployed the army at another south-eastern hill town yesterday after 100 houses were burnt in fresh clashes between Buddhist tribals and Bengali Muslim settlers, police and witnesses said.

More than 50 people were injured in Khagrachhari town in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, 300km southeast of Dhaka, after settlers attacked tribals who were protesting against deadly clashes on Saturday between the two groups.

Thousands of landless Bengalis were settled in the region bordering India and Myanmar under a government plan in the 1980s to ease population pressure in the plains and also to defuse a insurgency.

 

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