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blasts and gunfire rock Myanmar's border with Bangladesh, questions are rising over what exactly caused the explosions. Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing a violent military counter offensive on the Myanmar side. Most are headed for Cox's Bazar in northern Bangladesh. Reuters correspondent Simon Lewis is there.
>> Yesterday, from the Bangladesh side of the border, we had two large blasts and some gun shots from inside northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where the Myanmar army says it's fighting militants from the Rohingya group. The second blast blew a woman's foot, right foot, right off and she was brought into Bangladesh for medical treatment.
Border guards here say that they think that she stepped on an anti personnel mine.>> Shortly after, Reuters was shown phone footage filmed by a Rohingya refugee of what appears to be a mine buried in no man's land, a few dozen meters separating the two countries. Reuters can't independently verify that or claims Myanmar's army was at the site minutes after the explosion, suggesting it may have laid the traps.
The government says it needs clarification on where the blasts occurred, arguing they could have been set by terrorists, implying Muslim insurgents who recently attacked police posts and an army base, sparking the latest wave of violence. What is clear though is Rohingya Muslims are fleeing at any cost.>> According to the UN and humanitarian agencies, almost 90,000 people have already arrived here, and most aid workers expect that number to keep increasing.
The people arriving are telling us that their houses are being burned down and the military is shooting people. While the military says it's fighting a legitimate counter insurgency operation against Rohingya militants.>> The crisis is arguably the biggest challenge facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel laureate facing international criticism for her silence on the plight of the Rohingya, a group Myanmar refuses to recognize as citizens, often referred to as the world's most persecuted minority.