Home > News > World
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 1:05:02 PM
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 1:06:00 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.
Police stood between the groups and tried to drive the Buddhists away, the witness said.
"The police and the crowd fought each other and the crowd threw stones at the police," he said, asking not to be named out of concern for his safety.
He said the Buddhist mob ransacked shops and burned vehicles before police managed to restore order, but that at 6 a.m. Buddhists were still driving through the neighbourhood shouting at residents.
(Reporting by Jared Ferrie, Aung Hla Tun and Soe Zeya Tun; Editing by Alan Raybould)
Myanmar riots stoke fears of widening sectarian violence
Fire at Islamic school kills 13 boys in Myanmar
More bombs explode in Myanmar; police arrest four suspects
Union workers, riot police face off in Turkish capital
Muslims in hiding in Myanmar after sectarian strife flares
Israelis quietly expand enclave in Palestinian district of Jerusalem
Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident
Canada police kill 'radicalised' driver after he rams two soldiers
Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland
Polls shows Rousseff gaining momentum as Brazil election nears
Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols
Photo & Video Tribute: Oscar de la Renta has died at 82
New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world
Probe into athlete’s dope test
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)