THE Myanmar military brushes aside claims that it's laying fresh landmines for people trying to escape the violence. Yet in a hospital in neighbouring Bangladesh there are five patients with severe landmine injuries.

Azizu Haque's body has been devastated by a blast, his legs gone, and parts of his torso also injured. His doctor is visibly emotional when he talks of trying to save him he doesn't expect to be successful.

The 15-year-old boy has a rare blood type, and the hospital has no blood bank, and has run out of donors.

His brother, in another hospital, suffered the same fate, said his mother Roshida Haque.

"Their injuries are so bad it's as if they are dead," she told the BBC. "It's better that Allah [God] takes them, they are suffering so much."

Next door in the women's ward, Sabequr Nahar, 50, is a tiny, exhausted figure. She crossed the Myanmar border behind her three sons, they got through unscathed.

It is unclear who laid the traps that caused these injuries and when but the condition of these people seems to contradict the Myanmar government's version of events.

On Sunday the human rights group Amnesty International accused the authorities of laying landmines at border crossings used by fleeing Rohingya.

A Myanmar military source told Reuters news agency that mines had been placed along the border in the 1990s and the army had since tried to remove them, but added that none had been planted in recent days.

More than 300,000 Rohingya have escaped Myanmar (Burma) in recent weeks. The army there denies targeting civilians.

The violence began on August 25 when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in the northern state of Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel.

The attacks triggered a vast security operation that has drawn international criticism.

The Rohingya, a stateless mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, is facing mounting criticism for failing to protect the Rohingya. – BBC

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