YANGON, Burma (AP) — Authorities in Burma have announced that the alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in the central city of Mandalay was completely fabricated.
Rumors that a teashop owners had raped one of their employees set off attacks on Muslims and mayhem over several days in early July. One Buddhist and one Muslim man had died and 14 others were injured and property damaged.
A Home Ministry announcement published Sunday in the Myanma Ahlin newspaper says 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 Burma.