Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fresh wave of communal violence kills five Muslims in Myanmar

Myanmar which is experiencing the worst communal violence against its Muslim minority saw a fresh wave of mob violence which left five Muslims dead Tuesday.

The incident occured in Thandwe, a town in troubled Rakhine state.

Several houses were burned Sunday, and a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. was imposed. On Tuesday, mobs armed with knives and sticks grew larger and began attacks in villages around the town, authorities said, and stabbed to death a 94-year-old Muslim woman. Four other Muslim men were also killed, according to police there.

"More than 1,000 residents surrounded the Muslim homes and destroyed them," said Win Myaing, government spokesman for Rakhine state, estimating that more than 50 homes and a mosque were burned. 

The violence comes as Myanmar President Thein Sein visits Rakhine state for the first time since bloody communal tension broke out more than a year ago. 

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