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HindustanTimes Thu,27 Nov 2014

World

Myanmar unrest death toll reaches 43: state media
AFP
Yangon, March 30, 2013
First Published: 11:07 IST(30/3/2013)
Last Updated: 11:09 IST(30/3/2013)

The death toll from recent communal violence in central Myanmar has risen to 43 with more than 1,300 homes and other buildings destroyed, state media reported on Saturday.

Sixty-eight people have been arrested in connection with the Buddhist-Muslim unrest, which has left 11,376 people homeless, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.

In total, 163 incidences of violence have been reported in 15 townships, it added.

Previously the official death toll stood at 40.

The situation appears to have calmed since President Thein Sein on Thursday vowed a tough response against those behind the violence, which he attributed to "political opportunists and religious extremists".


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