APNewsBreak: Northeastern Myanmar hit by new sectarian violence after rumor of Muslim attack

New sectarian violence has flared in northeastern Myanmar, with a mob burning some shops after unconfirmed rumors spread that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman.

A politician in Lashio in Shan state, Sai Myint Maung, said authorities banned gatherings of more than five people after about 150 gathered outside a police station Tuesday demanding the alleged culprit be handed over. He said they also burned some stores.

Another resident who asked not to be identified confirmed that some shops were burned near the police station and the hospital where the victim was said to have been taken. Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

Several outbreaks of religious violence hit central Myanmar earlier this year, mostly targeting Muslims and leaving dozens dead.