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Shots fired at Chinese Consulate in Mandalay

Oct 9, 2007 (DVB), A group of unidentified men fired shots at the Chinese consulate in Mandalay on Sunday, leading authorities to intensify security measures around the building, according to sources close to the consulate.

A Mandalay resident told DVB that the Chinese consulate came under fire from a group of unknown men armed with pistols at around 3am on Sunday. There were no casualties in the attack.

The consulate has been fortified with sandbags since the attack, and residents have reported seeing heavily-armed troops from the Burmese government's battalion 99 deployed in front of the building.

The incident triggered alarm among Chinese residents in Mandalay, who feared it would provoke more anti-Chinese attacks. Some Chinese business owners have taken down signboards with Chinese writing from their premises to prevent them being targeted in any further attacks, said additional sources.

The Chinese consulate was not available for comment.

Reporting by Nay Htoo


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