Myanmar army says 86 killed in fighting in northwest

YANGON- As many as 69 members of what Myanmar's government has described as a Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 security forces have been killed in a recent escalation of fighting in northwestern Rakhine State, the army said on Tuesday.


The death toll, announced in the state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar daily, exceeded that reported by state media over the weekend, demonstrating the scale of the largest escalation of the conflict since violence erupted a month ago.


Diplomats and observers have held out hope that the military will swiftly conclude its "clearance operation" in the troubled north of Rakhine, but the recent wave of killings has cast a doubt over such prospects.


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