25 detained over Myanmar riots

Yangon, May 30 (IANS) At least 25 suspects were arrested and interrogated Thursday for their role in a communal riot in Lashio in Myanmar’s northern Shan state, in which one person was killed and five others were injured, officials said.

On Wednesday, two groups were involved in arson and destruction but were dispersed by security forces, Xinhua reported.

Lashio seemed calm Thursday morning, but a mob later attempted to destroy a house. At least 15 people were detained, officials said.

In the riot since Tuesday, five houses, three religious buildings, one cinema hall, four warehouses, 32 shops, two vehicles and 11 motorcycles were burnt or destroyed.

The communal riot was triggered after a woman who sells gasoline was injured when a man poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze in Kengtung township in Lashio.

The man was taken into custody by police.

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