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Myanmar police fire shots to end sectarian riot in Mandalay

Published on Jul 2, 2014 1:03 PM

YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar police fired shots on Wednesday to disperse crowds of Buddhists and Muslims facing off in the streets of Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, police sources and a witness said.

Myanmar has been racked by violence between the two communities since June 2012. More than 200 people have been killed and at least 140,000 displaced. Most of the victims have been Muslim.

Five people were injured during the rioting in Mandalay, including a police officer, said two officers who requested anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

A witness who lives in the mostly Muslim neighbourhood said a Buddhist mob had gathered late on Tuesday after rumours spread that the Muslim owner of a tea shop had raped a Buddhist woman. No evidence of such an attack was immediately available.

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