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Violence Mounts in Restive Myanmar State, Leaving a Dozen Dead

Violence has continued in a restive area of Myanmar since nine police officers were killed there over the weekend, the government said Wednesday, and a rights group said it had documented what appeared to be extrajudicial killings of Muslims by the army.

The news that 12 people had been killed in clashes on Tuesday in Rakhine state, reported on Wednesday in government newspapers, suggested a significant escalation of tension in a region known for conflict, as did the circulation online of videos depicting what appeared to be heavily armed Muslim fighters in Myanmar.

The tension presents a challenge for the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, which has been accused of being unsympathetic to the plight of the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority.

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