Hundreds homeless after fresh Myanmar religious unrest
YANGON (AFP) - Hundreds of people made homeless by Myanmar's latest eruption of religious violence were sheltering in a school on Monday, a local MP said, after mobs torched the homes and shops of local Muslims.
Around 1,000 anti-Muslim rioters rampaged through villages in Kanbalu, in the central region of Sagaing, on Saturday evening, setting fire to property and attacking rescue vehicles.
Dozens of houses and shops were left in charred ruins.
"The fires burned until last night, but they have now been extinguished after it rained heavily," said Mr Myint Naing a local MP for the opposition National League for Democracy party, adding that the situation was calm.