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Mob burns school in riot-hit Myanmar city

Published on Jul 6, 2014 6:30 AM
 
A general view shows a destroyed building at a cemetery after a riot on the outskirts of Mandalay, central Myanmar on July 5, 2014. Muslims in Myanmar’s second-largest city accused police on Saturday of standing by as a Buddhist mob went on a rampage, torching a school and other buildings. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AFP) - Muslims in Myanmar’s second-largest city accused police on Saturday of standing by as a Buddhist mob went on a rampage, torching a school and other buildings.

Angry mourners, some carrying crude weapons, rioted in Mandalay after the funeral of a 36-year-old Buddhist victim of the country’s latest eruption of religious unrest, witnesses said.

A school and dormitory in the Muslim area of a cemetery on the outskirts of the city were seen charred and damaged on Saturday.

“More than 70 police were here but did nothing,” said Win Naing, a Muslim donor to the school, who watched the attack from his hiding place in the home of a Buddhist friend.

 
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