A building burns Thursday in Meiktila, central Myanmar, where ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims continues.
At least 20 people have died according to one lawmaker, and a mosque has been burned in two days of rioting triggered by an argument between a Muslim gold shop owner and his Buddhist customers, officials said Thursday.
A mob of Buddhists, including monks from nearby monasteries, led a rampage through the Muslim quarter of the city on Thursday seeking to avenge the death of a monk the day before, said a photographer who witnessed the fighting.
“The area was like a killing field," said the photographer, Wunna Naing, who is a resident of Meiktila. “Even the police told me that they could not handle what they witnessed. Children were among the victims."
— Bulletin wire reports