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Bangladesh Hill Violence Threatens Peace

The Bangladesh hills hover on the brink of ethnic war after Bengali hill settlers attacked ten villages occupied by indigenous communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts last week, sparking a local agitation and endangering the tenuous peace treaty. Violence erupted here August 26 after a mob of Bengali settlers attacked ten villages belonging to the indigenous Chakmas tribe. The 100-odd mob killed one person, gang-raped nine women, set ablaze hundreds of houses and two Buddhist temples and injured at least 13 persons. The attackers claimed this was a reprisal for the abduction of a Bengali businessman by separatists from the Khagrachhari district. Full Story

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