Six Rohingya refugees killed in Malaysia

Six Rohingya refugees killed in Malaysia

On Wednesday, dozens of Rohingya refugees fled a detention center in Malaysia. Six of them, including two children, were killed when a car crossed a highway.

The deaths are a latest tragedy for members of the Muslim ethnic group from Myanmar, many of whom fled to persecution in their home and now find themselves in limbo in countries where they sought refuge.

The riots that occurred around 4 a.m. in the northern state of Penang occurred after a total of 528 detainees were escaped, according to officials. Since then, 362 have been arrested and a search was underway for the others.

The dead were two men, two women, a boy and a girl, Mohd Shuhaily bin Mohd Zain, Penang's police chief commissioner, told reporters. The incident occurred along a highway connecting the states of Kedah to Penang. He did not reveal their ages.