Myanmar has reportedly been planting landmines across an area of its border with Bangladesh as thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing a bloody crackdown to take refuge in neighboring Bangladesh.
Two government sources in Bangladesh told Reuters on Wednesday that Myanmarese forces had been “putting the landmines in their territory along the barbed-wire fence,” between a series of border pillars over the past three days.
“Our forces have also seen three to four groups working near the barbed wire fence, putting something into the ground,” one of the sources said on condition of anonymity.
The sources, who had direct knowledge of the situation, said Myanmar was probably putting the landmines to prevent the return of the Rohingya Muslims who have already fled to Bangladesh.
But those members of the minority Muslim group who plan to flee Myanmar are also likely to use the path and risk hitting the mines.