According to Press TV, Aung Kyaw Oo, an army colonel in charge of security in the Mandalay region, told reporters that a Buddhist and a Muslim were killed and 14 people injured as Buddhist monks attacked a Muslim teashop on a second night of unrest in the city on Wednesday.
Police said four people were arrested during the clashes on Wednesday. Five people were also injured during the first night of the violence, which erupted between the two sides on Tuesday.
In a speech, broadcast on radio on Thursday, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein warned against sectarian violence in the country and urged all “to avoid instigation and behavior that incite hatred among our fellow citizens.”
Violence by extremist Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims has killed hundreds of them and forced many more to flee the country.
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar account for about five percent of the country’s population of nearly 60 million. They have been persecuted and faced torture, neglect, and repression since the country’s independence in 1948. The UN recognizes the Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as one of the world’s most persecuted communities.
The Myanmar government has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslims. International bodies and human rights organizations accuse the government of turning a blind eye to the violence.