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Sectarian tensions flare in Myanmar town; 2 Muslim-owned homes set on fire

Tension is high in a northwestern Myanmar town after Buddhist mobs torched two homes belonging to Muslims.

Win Myaing, a government spokesman in the restive state of Rakhine, said the trouble started in the coastal town of Thandwe on Saturday after a Buddhist man told police he had been verbally abused by a Muslim shop owner.

Police took the Muslim man in for questioning. But when he was released soon after, people became angry and started throwing stones at his home.

Myaing says at least two houses had burned down by Sunday night.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country of 60 million people, has been gripped by sectarian violence since June of last year. Most of the 250 people killed have been Muslims.

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