A landmine exploded in the Rohingya village of Thaya Pin in Buthidaung township (Rakhine state) on Tuesday, May 12, killing two people and critically injuring another. The landmine is believed to have been planted by either Myanmar Army forces or Arakan Army rebels amid the ongoing conflict between the two in the region. Government officials are carrying out investigations into the incident.
A heightened security presence is expected in the area over the coming hours and days. Similar incidents are possible in Rakhine state over the near term.
Violence resumed in early December 2018 between Rakhine separatists and the military. The Arakan Army seeks greater autonomy for Buddhists in Rakhine state. According to the Myanmar office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 7500 displaced people are scattered across 29 sites in Rakhine due to the violence and 730,000 people in neighboring Bangladesh.
Individuals in Rakhine state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant and military activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
Travelers are advised to avoid nonessential travel to Rakhine state, except the southern townships of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the tourist resort of Ngapali), and Gwa.
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