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Buddhist, Muslims from Myanmar brawl in Indonesia


MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- Police say a violent brawl between Buddhist and Muslim asylum seekers from Myanmar at an immigration detention center in Indonesia has left eight people dead and 15 injured.

Local police chief Endro Kiswanto says the fight broke out Friday at the center in North Sumatra province, where more than 100 Rohingya migrants and 11 illegal fishermen from Myanmar were being held together.

Eight Buddhists were killed in the clash, and 15 Rohingya were injured. Three other Buddhists escaped unharmed.

Police are investigating the incident, but Kiswanto says the melee began after the detainees learned about sectarian violence that hit central Myanmar last month when mobs of armed Buddhists torched Muslim-owned homes and shops. Dozens were killed and thousands were forced to flee.

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