One dead in fresh Myanmar rioting

AFP-JIJI

Religious violence that saw mobs attack mosques and torch homes left at least one dead in central Myanmar, authorities said Wednesday, as anti-Muslim unrest crept closer to the commercial hub, Yangon.

Riots broke out Tuesday in the small town of Oakkan, around 100 km north of Yangon, after a woman accidentally bumped into a young monk, authorities said, amid acute Buddhist-Muslim tensions after a series of attacks in March.

“A man died in hospital of his injuries this morning,” a local police official said, adding that nine others were injured.

Authorities have arrested 18 people after a series of arson attacks Tuesday evening, presidential spokesman Ye Htut said, adding some 77 homes had been set alight in four villages in a region north of Yangon that saw a wave of conflict two months ago.