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November 21, 2013

Myanmar uncovers bomb plot

November 21, 2013

YANGON: Myanmar police said on Wednesday they had arrested three people suspected of planning bomb attacks on mosques, as the country grapples with religious tensions after waves of anti-Muslim violence.
The suspects are all Buddhist men from the western state of Rakhine, where two bouts of unrest last year left scores dead and some 140,000 displaced, mainly Rohingya Muslims.
“They were planning to plant bombs at mosques, after attending training on the border in Karen state,” a police official in Yangon told AFP on condition of anonymity, referring to the country’s eastern frontier. He said authorities were continuing to investigate the “ongoing case”. Myanmar remains tense after eruptions of religious conflict that have killed around 250 people and cast a shadow over much-praised political reforms. A report in the state-run New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday said an initial raid on a guesthouse in the Yangon area found one 34-year-old suspect “red-handed making bombs with gunpowder and related materials” on November 13.

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