23 Oct 2012

Three killed in ethnic feuding

8:49 am on 23 October 2012

Three people have been killed in new clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the state of Rakhine in western Myanmar.

The BBC reports 300 houses in a number of villages have been burnt down.

A state of emergency was declared in Rakhine in June after clashes between the two communities.

Tensions in Rakhine have remained high since then.

The trouble began in late May when a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered by three Muslims.

A mob later killed 10 Muslims in retaliation, although they were unconnected with the earlier incident.

The latest clashes began late on Sunday night in Min Bya and spread on Monday.