'At least 10 dead' in Buddhist-Muslim clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state
YANGON (AFP) - At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, a local MP said on Thursday, in the worst communal violence since Buddhist-Muslim clashes in western Rakhine state last year.
Mr Win Htein, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy party, said he had seen bodies at the scene of fresh fighting in the town of Meiktila on Thursday. "More than 10 people were killed," he told AFP by telephone from the town, which is his constituency seat.
The unrest began on Wednesday after an argument in a Muslim-owned gold shop turned violent, according to a post on the Myanmar Police Force's Facebook page, which said around 200 people had clashed on the streets.
Police have so far confirmed that two people died, including a Buddhist monk, after sustaining severe burns in Wednesday's fighting, while several mosques were also torched by angry mobs.