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Myanmar migrants detained after killings

05 June 2013, 14:34

Kuala Lumpur - Police said on Wednesday that they had detained dozens of people from Myanmar following four killings in Malaysia's main city, which are feared to be linked to sectarian violence in Myanmar.

The killing of four Myanmar migrants in separate incidents in Kuala Lumpur this past week has raised concerns that tensions between Myanmar's Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya minority are spilling over to another Southeast Asian country where hundreds of thousands of Myanmar nationals have come to seek work and stability.

An official in Kuala Lumpur's police headquarters said that "a few dozen" people from Myanmar have been held for questioning in recent days.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to make public statements.

The killings include a man fatally slashed while sleeping in a car wash centre and another attacked by people with sharp objects in a marketplace, according to Malaysian media reports.

Malaysia has long attracted asylum seekers from Myanmar, with the number rising in the past year after several hundred people were killed in Myanmar in two waves of sectarian violence, which targeted mostly members of the Muslim Rohingya community.

- AP


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