A mob attacked Muslim properties in north-western Myanmar after authorities refused to hand over a man suspected of attempted rape, dpa reported.
"Shops and houses were destroyed, some burned down, by the mob last night," said a local police officer who requested anonymity.
About 1,000 Buddhists reportedly participated in the anti-Muslim rampage that broke out shortly before midnight in Kantbalu town, of Sagaing division.
The mob had demanded that police hand over a Muslim man suspected of attempting to rape a 19-year-old Buddhist woman.
Outnumbered police attempted to disband the angry crowd but failed to prevent the destruction of at least seven Muslim-owned shops and 15 houses, residents said.
"Nearly 50 or 60 police tried to control the situation last night and the regional minister of security and border affairs also came," resident Maung Zaw said.
It was the fourth anti-Muslim riot to break out in central and northern Myanmar this year.
Sectarian clashes last year in the Rakhine state left at least 167 dead and left 140,000 people displaced, most of them belonging to the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority group.
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