Some 1,200 Muslims are sheltering in a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar's northeastern town of Lashio, where troops are keeping order after two days of violence that saw one person killed and Muslim properties burned down.

Hari, a Muslim member of the interreligious Conflict Prevention Committee, said some of those sheltering Thursday had lost their homes, and others were just seeking safety.

The rioting began after a Muslim man splashed gasoline on a Buddhist woman and set her on fire. Buddhist mobs responded by burning down several Muslim-owned shops and a mosque and an Islamic orphanage. Roving motorcyclists on Wednesday continued the violence, leaving one person dead and four injured.

Deadly anti-Muslim violence that began last year in western Myanmar has undermined the credibility of reformist President Thein Sein's administration.