One shot dead in west Myanmar displacement camp unrest
August 08, 2014 18:47 2,295 Viewed
Nay Pyi Taw -- A man was shot dead after security forces in strife-torn western Myanmar opened fire as unrest broke out in a camp for displaced Muslims, authorities said Friday.
Police were called to a displacement camp near the Rakhine state capital Sittwe on Wednesday, as a group of inhabitants attempted to attack two local brothers, aged 13 and 21, who they accused of theft.
Officers fired warning shots as they tried to rescue the pair and were attacked with rocks and knives, according to state media reports and local police.
"One man was shot and killed when he tried to stab police," a police officer in Sittwe told AFP, asking not to be named. Two other men were arrested.
Rakhine state remains riven by deep hostilities between Buddhists and Muslims after two waves of bloodshed in 2012 that left at least 200 people dead.
The shooting comes as Myanmar hosts a series of meetings with top diplomats, including weekend talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, that will highlight concerns over religious violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.