More than 80 people have been killed in a wave of communal violence in western Myanmar this month, a government official said Thursday, as local people said they still feared for their lives.
A child stands in a street lined with destroyed buildings following days of sectarian violence in Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western state of Rakhine on June 16, 2012. More than 80 people have been killed in a wave of communal violence in western Myanmar this month, a government official said on Thursday.
About 71 people have died in more than a week of clashes, the official said, in addition to 10 Muslims killed on June 3 by a Buddhist mob seeking revenge for the rape and murder of a local woman -- the apparent spark for the unrest.
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