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Two dead in Buddhist-Muslim unrest in Myanmar

Chief Superintendent Zaw Min Oo during a news conference about riots in Mandalay July 2, 2014. Myanmar police fired rubber bullets on Wednesday to disperse crowds of Buddhists and Muslims facing off in the streets of Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, police said. (REUTERS)

YANGON: Two people have been killed during Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay, police said Thursday.

"There are two dead," a police officer, who did not want to be named, told AFP by telephone, without providing further details.

Police fired rubber bullets on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of rioters, some armed with sticks and knives, who took to the streets and attacked a Muslim teashop after an accusation of rape, the authorities said.

 

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