YANGON, Burma (AP) — Police have fired warning shots to stop a Buddhist mob that damaged a mosque and tried to set fire to several Muslim-owned shops in Burma’s second-largest city.
A Muslim authority in Mandalay, Khin Maung Oo, said at least four people were injured from stones thrown by the mob or from rubber bullets fired by police Tuesday night.
Hundreds of Buddhists marched to the teashop and then scattered into groups after police fired shots to disperse the crowd. Some threw stones at a mosque, causing minor damage to its exterior, and others ransacked a few Muslim-owned shops, he said.
Such violence has plagued Burma since it began its transition from a half-century of military rule in 2011.