YANGON – An armed Buddhist mob ransacked and burned down a mosque in northern Myanmar on Friday, the second attack on a mosque in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation.
Villagers in Hpakant, a jade-mining town in the northern Kachin state, ransacked a mosque “wielding sticks, knives and other weapons” before burning it down, according to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar.
It said the mosque’s leaders had failed to meet a June 30 deadline set by local authorities to tear down the structure.
“The mob was unresponsive and entirely beyond control. The building was razed by the riotous crowd,” the paper reported, adding that the rampage was sparked by a dispute over the mosque’s construction.
On June 23, a mob demolished a mosque and a Muslim cemetery in a village in Bago Region, about 60 kilometers northeast of Yangon, reportedly as a consequence of a personal dispute.