Sectarian tensions flare in Myanmar
- Published: 30 Sep 2013 at 10.04
- Online news:
YANGON - Tension was high in a northwestern Myanmar town late Sunday after Buddhist mobs torched two homes belonging to Muslims and security forces in the area were placed on high alert.
Win Myaing, a government spokesman in the restive state of Rakhine, said the trouble started in the coastal town of Thandwe on Saturday after a Buddhist taxi driver told police he had been verbally abused by a Muslim small business owner while trying to park in front of his shop.
Police took the Muslim man in for questioning. But when he was released soon after, people became angry and started throwing stones at his home.
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