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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces fired shots into the air to break up new religious violence as attacks on Muslim targets continued despite government attempts to halt them, state television reported Wednesday.
The evening TV report said there were attacks against ‘‘religious buildings,’’ shops and houses on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bago region north of Yangon, and warning shots were fired to stop the unrest. No casualties were reported.
It said curfews and a ban on public gatherings were imposed in two more townships, bringing the total to nine.
Residents contacted by phone said the targets were Muslims.
Occasional isolated violence involving majority Buddhists and minority Muslims has occurred for decades, even under the authoritarian military governments that ruled the country from 1962 to 2011. But tensions have heightened since last year when hundreds of people were killed and more than 100,000 made homeless in violence in western Myanmar between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya.