Mobs kill elderly woman, torch homes in Myanmar
APTHANDWE, Myanmar--President Thein Sein toured Myanmar's conflict-torn west on Tuesday as sectarian violence again gripped the state of Rakhine, with Buddhist mobs killing a 94-year-old Muslim woman and torching more than 70 homes, officials and residents said.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Police officer Kyaw Naing said more than 800 rioters took to the streets in Thabyuchaing about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the coastal town of Thandwe, some swinging swords.
The elderly Muslim woman died from stab wounds, the officer said, putting the number of houses set on fire at between 70 and 80. Attacks also were reported in the nearby villages of Shwe Hlay and Linthi, but few details were available. Some residents hid in their homes, while others fled in fear.
Thein Sein's visit to the divided region was his first since sectarian violence broke out more than a year ago.