Muslims in hiding in Myanmar after sectarian strife flares
YANGON (REUTERS) - Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Myanmar on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian tension.
Clashes between majority Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June 2012.
The violence threatens to undermine political and economic reforms launched in the two years since a quasi-civilian government replaced a military junta.
The situation in the town of Thandwe was precarious after police restored order by firing shots in the air to break up the mob late on Sunday, said two security sources, who sought anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media.