Buddhists torch Muslim homes, shops

2013-08-25 17:33

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Htan Gone - Hundreds of Buddhists carrying sticks and swords went on a rampage in a village in northwestern Myanmar on Sunday, torching dozens of homes and shops following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man, police said.

There were no reports of injuries in the latest round of on-again, off-again sectarian violence that swept the country.

The hours-long riot in Htan Gone, located 16km south of the town of Kantbalu in Myanmar's Sagaing region began after a crowd surrounded a police station, demanding that the suspect be handed over, said a police officer.

State television reported that about 42 houses and 15 shops were destroyed — most belonging to Muslims — before security forces shot in the air to disperse the mob.

The predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country's military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

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