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Burmese Refugees Clash with Police in Bangladesh, Dozens Injured - 2004-11-18


A gunfight between police and Muslim refugees from Burma has left dozens of people wounded in Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi officials say the shootout started after a group of refugees attacked a police officer and a government official who were visiting their camp in the southeastern district of Cox's Bazar. It was not immediately clear what sparked the fight.

The camp has about 8,000 Islamic refugees who entered Bangladesh in 1991-92, claiming discrimination by the military regime in neighboring Burma, which is mostly Buddhist.

A radical group among the refugees is demanding permanent settlement in Bangladesh.

Police say they have arrested nine refugees, while others involved in the fight fled into nearby forests. Police were looking for the fugitives.

Information for this story is provided by AP and Reuters.

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