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Two hunters from a remote village in the north of Burma’s troubled Arakan State were killed and two others were injured by unidentified gunmen after crossing the border into Bangladesh, the Burmese government said on Monday.
The incident took place on Sunday evening near the village of Aung Thabyay, which is located some 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) from Burma’s border with Bangladesh.
“The four crossed the border fence while searching for a boar and got shot by 15 people wearing civilian clothes with guns 100 yards from the border fence,” Burma said in a statement that gave no other details.
The wounded hunters were treated at a hospital in the regional town of Maungdaw, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of where the incident took place.
The hunters belong to a small ethnic group from northern Arakan called the Daingnet who are mostly Buddhist. Unlike the Rohingya Muslims, they are recognised among Burma’s 135 “national races.”
About 600,000 people have crossed the border since 25 August, when Rohingya Muslim insurgent attacks on security posts were met by a counter-offensive by the Burmese military in Arakan. The United Nations says the government’s actions amount to ethnic cleansing.