Myanmar authorities say rape case that triggered deadly unrest was fabricated due to grudge

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Authorities in Myanmar announced Sunday that the alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in the central city of Mandalay was fabricated.

Rumors that teashop owners had raped one of their employees set off attacks on Muslims and mayhem over several days earlier this month. One Buddhist and one Muslim man died and 14 other people were injured, and property was damaged.

A Home Ministry announcement published Sunday in the Myanma Ahlin newspaper said a third Muslim man wanted to frame the two shop owners for rape charges that he was facing.

Several hundred people have been killed since 2012 in sectarian violence in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.