Myanmar mob stones Muslim home amid Rohingya crisis

PTI
Published Sep 12, 2017, 4:59 am IST
Updated Sep 12, 2017, 4:59 am IST
Police arrested 30-year-old Hnin Ko Ko Lin, who said the group acted because “they could not accept the things that happened in Rakhine”. 
The mob attack on Sunday night in the Magway region of the mainly Buddhist nation (Photo: Representational Image/AFP)
 The mob attack on Sunday night in the Magway region of the mainly Buddhist nation (Photo: Representational Image/AFP)

Police fired rubber bullets to break up a mob which stoned the home of a Muslim butcher in central Myanmar, authorities said on Monday, as religious tensions rise amid a surge of violence in the west.

The mob attack on Sunday night in the Magway region of the mainly Buddhist nation was fuelled by anger over the deepening crisis in Rakhine, according to a government press release.

The tension bubbled over in Taung Twin Gyi township on Sunday night when dozens of villagers in a 400-strong crowd sang the national anthem and lobbed rocks at the home of a Muslim butcher before marching over to the local mosque, where police dispersed the mob.

Police arrested 30-year-old Hnin Ko Ko Lin, who said the group acted because “they could not accept the things that happened in Rakhine”. 





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