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Mosques And Monasteries Under Curfew After Religious Unrest In Burma - 2003-11-03


Witnesses in Burma say authorities have increased surveillance around mosques and monasteries after Muslim-Buddhist violence last month killed at least nine people.

Reports say the clashes began October 19th with Buddhists attacking Muslims in the town of Kyaukse, south of Mandalay.

The victims are said to have died in a fire but there are conflicting reports as to who started the blaze.

Witnesses say authorities soon after imposed surveillance and extra security around mosques and monasteries, not only in Kyaukse, but in Mandalay and the capital, Yangon.

The clashes have also prompted Bangladesh to tighten security along its border with Burma to prevent a feared influx of Muslim refugees.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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