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LASHIO, Myanmar (AP) - More than 1,000 Muslims who fled Myanmar's latest bout of sectarian violence huddled in a Buddhist monastery guarded by army soldiers as calm returned to this north-eastern city, though burnt out buildings leveled by Buddhist rioters still smoldered. The army transported terrified Muslim families by the truckload out of a neighbourhood in Lashio where overturned cars and motorcycles that had been charred a day earlier left black scars on the red earth. "We heard things could get worse, so we waved down soldiers and asked them for help," said 59-year-old Khin Than, who arrived at the monastery on Thursday morning with her four children and sacks of luggage along with several hundred other Muslims. "We left because we're afraid of being attacked." The violence in Lashio this week shows how anti-Muslim unrest has slowly spread across Myanmar since start...

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