Soldiers patrol riot-hit Myanmar town
MEIKTILA, Myanmar (AFP) - Troops patrolled the streets of a central Myanmar town on Saturday after Buddhist-Muslim unrest tore through the area, leaving at least 20 dead and spurring the government to declare emergency rule.
Around 50 military trucks were deployed in Meiktila, where homes and mosques have been torched by mobs armed with knives and sticks in three days of communal rioting.
The clashes are the latest sign of worsening tensions between Muslims and Buddhists, presenting a serious challenge for the quasi-civilian regime as it looks to reform the country after decades of iron-fisted military rule.
Violence in Meiktila, located 130km north of the capital Naypyidaw, began on Wednesday after an apparent argument in a gold shop spiralled into pitched battles.