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Bodies in streets of riot-hit Myanmar town

Published on Mar 22, 2013 2:10 PM

MEIKTILA, Myanmar (AFP) - Charred bodies lay unclaimed on the streets of a riot-hit town in central Myanmar, witnesses said on Friday, as global pressure mounted for an end to the Buddhist-Muslim unrest.

Parts of Meiktila have been reduced to ashes in the most serious communal violence to hit the former junta-ruled nation since last year, leaving the authorities struggling to bring the situation under control.

State media and a local hospital said five people had perished in the violence. A local lawmaker told AFP that about 25 people had been killed, but it was not possible to verify his toll.

Angry mobs of men took to the streets for a third day after an overnight curfew ended, according to AFP journalists.

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