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Unrest rocks Myanmar town after woman 'torched': Police

Published on May 28, 2013 11:31 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Houses and mosques were set ablaze by mobs in a town in eastern Myanmar after a Buddhist woman was allegedly “torched” by a Muslim man, authorities said Tuesday, in a fresh bout of religious violence.

An ethnic Shan-Muslim man was arrested after he “torched” a woman selling petrol, a police officer in the Shan State capital of Lashio told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

A town official confirmed the arrest of the Muslim man who he said had “torched a woman with petrol”.

A curfew was imposed late on Tuesday to disperse angry mobs of local people – including Buddhist monks – who had “destroyed some houses and mosques", the official added, also declining to be named.

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