Security forces on Wednesday struggled to bring peace to a northern city in Myanmar after Buddhist mobs set fire to a mosque, a Muslim school and shops, the latest outbreak of religious violence in Myanmar and a sign that radical strains of Buddhism may be spreading to a wider area of the country, the New York Times reports.
“One Muslim man was killed and four Buddhists were wounded in the clashes “U Wai Lin, an official with the Information Ministry in Lashio told New York Times. One Muslim man was killed and four Buddhists were wounded in the clashes.
Witnesses said Muslims had fled the city. A movie theater and Muslim shops were destroyed Wednesday, according to U Myo Myint, a member of the National League for Democracy, a political party, who witnessed the violence.
The burning of the mosque and other buildings took place on Tuesday evening and followed a pattern seen elsewhere in Myanmar of the police and military units being unwilling or unable to disperse angry crowds of Buddhists.
Mobs of young Buddhist men on motorcycles roamed the streets of Lashio, Myanmar, on Wednesday, brandishing sticks and metal rods and throwing rocks. Photo courtesy Gamunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press