Burma Boosts Security as Sectarian Violence Kills 50

Curfew imposed after 1K houses set on fire

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 25, 2012 8:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Burmese authorities are sending extra security forces to a volatile region where at least 50 people have been killed and more than 1,000 homes burned in recent days in a fresh outbreak of violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims, CNN reports. They've also lengthened curfews in several towns, among other security measures.

Burma's majority Buddhist population has been at odds with a minority Muslim group known as the Rohingya since this summer, after three Rohingya men were accused of raping and killing a Buddhist woman. The initial fighting killed at least 88, and left about 75,000 displaced. Many Rohingya have been moved to refugee camps to separate them from their Buddhist neighbors.

Buddhist monks hold signs during a rally against recent violence in Rakhine state, outside the city hall in Yangon, Oct. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo)
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ITN visits people caught in the clash.   (CNN)

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