Sectarian unrest shakes Mandalay

Myanmar police force stand guard on the street of Mandalay in central Myanmar on Tuesday. They fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the city

YANGON – Myanmar police fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the central city of Mandalay, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest eruption of religious unrest to shake the Buddhist-majority nation.

Around five people were injured as rioters hurled stones at a Muslim teashop and surrounding buildings on Tuesday night, said Lt Col Zaw Min Oo of Mandalay region police.

“We fired three warning shots to control the crowd,” he told AFP, adding that the situation was calm on Wednesday morning, with an increased security presence in the area.

Myanmar has been convulsed by several waves of sectarian conflict in recent years that have cast a shadow over its emergence from military rule…

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