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    A Rohingya man carrying his belongings approaches the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Bandarban, an area under Cox's Bazar authority, Bangladesh. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 September 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, has blamed “terrorists” for producing “a huge iceberg of misinformation”.

Myanmar has reportedly been planting landmines along its border with Bangladesh, government officials told Reuters.

Dhaka has lodged a protest as tensions escalate over the influx of Rohingya Muslims fleeing state persecution and violence in Myanmar.

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“Our forces have also seen three to four groups working near the barbed wire fence, putting something into the ground,” said one of the anonymous sources, adding that they had discovered the mines mainly through photographic evidence and informers.

Manzurul Hassan Khan, a Bangladeshi border guard officer, told Reuters that blasts were heard earlier this week fuelling speculation.

Two boys have been injured in the explosions, one had his leg blown off.

Myanmar remains one of the few countries to not have signed the 1997 U.N. Mine Ban Treaty.

On Tuesday Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar — who has been criticized for refusing to denounce the violence against the Rohingya population in the state of Rakhine — met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi commended Myanmar’s handling of “extremist” violence in the country, foregoing mention of the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

In turn, Suu Kyi, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the “terror threat” faced by her country.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands after their joint press conference in the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 6, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Myanmar’s fleeing Rohingya population has reached to some 146,000 people in recent weeks, mostly to Bangladesh, but earlier exoduses saw many escaping to India.

However, last month Modi vowed to deport some 14,000 Rohingya refugees from his country.

On Wednesday, Suu Kyi blamed “terrorists” for producing “misinformation”  about the situation in her first statement since violence struck up again in the state, in late August.

“That kind of fake information … was simply the tip of a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists,” her statement, which she posted to Facebook, said.

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An army crackdown triggered by an attack on Aug. 25 by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces has led to the killing of at least 400 people and the exodus of nearly 146,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, leading to a major humanitarian crisis.

The Rohingya have been under a military siege since October 2016, but have long been subjected to communal violence by extremists.

The Myanmar government considers the “most persecuted minority group in the world,” as the UN has deemed them, “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. The Rohingya, however, claim roots in the region dating back centuries.

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