DHAKA, Bangladesh — Myanmar has sent troops to its frontier with Bangladesh and closed border crossings after a weekend clash between soldiers of both nations, a Bangladesh official said Tuesday.
A senior official at the Interior Ministry said the deployment was not aimed at Bangladesh but at Muslim secessionists, and Bangladeshi troops reportedly have also taken up position near the Myanmar border as a precautionary measure.
Relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have chilled after the influx of nearly 40,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar's western province of Arakan over the last two months. The refugees say they are fleeing persecution by the Buddhist military regime in Yangon, formerly Rangoon.
The military buildup started Saturday when a Myanmar patrol attacked a Bangladeshi border outpost in Bandarban, killing one soldier and injuring 10 soldiers, the independent United News of Bangladesh said earlier. The area is 155 miles southeast of Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.