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Myanmar says suspects arrested after Thandwe riots

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Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar -- State-run media say 44 suspects have been arrested for their alleged role in sectarian violence that wracked a town in western Myanmar this past week.

Five Muslims were killed and more than 100 homes set on fire when Buddhist mobs went on a rampage in Thandwe, a coastal town in Rakhine state, hours before a visit by the country's president.

Few details were released about the arrests, but state media reports said members of both the Buddhist and Muslim communities were arrested.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been struggling to contain communal violence for more than a year.

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