Dozens of people have been killed in a surge in sectarian violence in Myanmar, an official said Tuesday, as international pressure grew for an end to the bloodshed.
A state of emergency has been declared in western Rakhine state, which has been rocked by a wave of rioting and arson, posing a major test for the reformist government which took power last year.
"About 25 people have been killed during the unrest,'' a senior government official told AFP, requesting anonymity. He did not give details of how they died or whether they were Buddhists or Muslims.
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