Burmese Buddhist mobs torch mosque, Muslim school

Mobs of Buddhists torched a mosque, a Muslim school, and Muslim-owned shops in the northern Burmese city of Lashio on Tuesday. On Wednesday, bands of young Buddhist men were reportedly still roaming the city on motorcycles, throwing rocks and wielding sticks and metal rods.

A government spokesman said he did not yet have any information about casualties.

The violence started after a Muslim man reportedly attacked a female Buddhist shopkeeper. When the man was detained by police, a crowd of Buddhists, including many monks, gathered at the police station and became violent when police would not hand him over.

Sectarian violence in Burma began last year between Buddhists and the Muslim Rohingya minority in the country’s western Rakhine state, but has since spread to other areas of the country. Click here for all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the violence.