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Muslim mob burns down Buddhist temples in northern Sumatra

Market near Banda Aceh, Indonesia

A busy crowd at a market place near Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Elizabeth A. Edwards.

Several Buddhist temples or vihara in northern Sumatra of Indonesia were plundered and burned down by a Muslim mob following a dispute between an Indonesian of Chinese descent an administrator of a mosque over its microphone volumn, according to the Jakarta Post Online on Saturday.

North Sumatra police spokesperson Senior Commander Rina Sari Ginting said that the riot originated when a 41-year old of Chinese descent identified only as Meliana reprimanded an administrator of the Al Maksum mosque in Tanjung Balai, norther Sumatra, to lower its microphone volumn.

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By Thai PBS Reporters