Homes and businesses owned by Muslims have been burnt to the ground by a mob of Buddhists in the the latest incident of sectarian violence in Myanmar.
Tensions flared in the northern Sagaing region after a Muslim man was detained by police and accused of raping a Buddhist woman.
Police arrested 12 people for taking part in the riot.
Muslim farmer Win Naing whose house was destroyed said: “It would make sense if they (the rioters) did this to the person responsible for the crime. We don’t know who did it, but this happened to us.”
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced since fighting broke out between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine in Myanmar last year.
Muslims make up five percent of the country’s population of 60 million.
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