YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A mob has burned down a mosque in northern Myanmar in the second such attack in just over a week in the predominantly Buddhist nation.
The state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported Saturday that security forces in Hpakant in Kachin state were unable to control the attackers. It said the attack Friday came after mosque authorities failed to meet a June 30 deadline to tear down the structure to make way for a bridge.
A mob on June 23 demolished a mosque in Bago Region, about 60 kilometers (36 miles) northeast of Yangon.
There has been sporadic but fierce violence against Muslims in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar since rioting in 2012 forced more than 100,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee their homes in western Rakhine State.