UPDATE – Tensions simmer in Mandalay

Mandalay police and security forces have taken up positions at major intersections in the city as shops and businesses closed at 3:30pm on Friday amid threats of further riots. A dusk-dawn curfew remains in place.

Two men – one Buddhist, one Muslim were killed by lynch mobs – as communal violence threatened to spiral out of control following an incident on Tuesday night at a Muslim tea shop. Five people have reportedly been arrested.