Mosque burned in central Myanmar rioting

AP News
Posted: Mar 21, 2013 12:55 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and customers in central Myanmar has led to rioting in which several buildings were burned and at least five people were injured. One man may have been killed.

President's office director Maj. Zaw Htay says those hurt Wednesday in Meikhtila town included a Buddhist monk. A curfew was declared.

Opposition parliament member for the area Win Htein said a mosque had been burned, but the situation had been brought under control by nightfall Wednesday. He said he had seen a man's body next to a charred motorcycle.

Occasional isolated violence involving majority Buddhists and minority Muslims has occurred for decades. But its risks were underlined last year when clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims left about 200 dead.