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Myanmar: armed mob torches mosque amid spike in religious tensions

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Second attack of its kind in a week comes as nation struggles to contain religious violence

AFP

July 2, 2016

An armed mob has razed a Muslim prayer hall in northern Myanmar, the second attack on a mosque in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation.

Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed in recent years, with bristling sectarian tensions and rising Buddhist nationalism posing a challenge to the new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi

On Friday, villagers in Hpakant, a jade-mining town in northern Kachin state, ransacked a mosque “wielding sticks, knives and other weapons” before burning it down, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.

“The mob was unresponsive and entirely beyond control. The building was razed by the riotous crowd,” the paper reported, adding that the rampage was…

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