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Troops patrol tense Myanmar town after riots

Published on May 30, 2013 3:43 PM

LASHIO, Myanmar (AFP) - Security forces patrolled the riot-scarred streets of a town in eastern Myanmar on Thursday after a fresh outbreak of religious violence that left one dead and several wounded.

Soldiers were out in force across Lashio in Shan state as authorities sought to stamp out the bloody unrest - the latest in a series of clashes across the country that have proved a major challenge for the reformist government.

"The military is now taking responsibility for security here," local information ministry official Nang Hsai Li Kham told AFP, adding that the situation was now "peaceful" after two days of violence.

"There were some people going around the town with knives and sticks on motorbikes yesterday. But there is no such thing today... Security forces are being deployed on every corner." Some shops have reopened and the town appeared calm early Thursday, according to an AFP reporter.

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