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Myanmar Jails Buddhists In Islamic School Massacre Of Muslims

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Firemen battle a fire in Lashio , Northern Shan state of Myanmar on May 29, 2013. Myanmar's government called for calm after mobs burned down a Muslim orphanage, a mosque and shops during a new eruption of religious violence in the east of the country. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

YANGON, Myanmar -- State media in Myanmar say a court has sentenced seven Buddhists to between three and 15 years in jail for their role in a massacre at an Islamic boarding school that left dozens of students and teachers dead.

The Kyemon daily says a Muslim man was also found guilty Wednesday, but provided few details.

A wave of sectarian violence that has gripped Myanmar in the last year has left more than 250 people dead – most of them Muslims – and sent 140,000 others fleeing their homes.

The March 21 attack on the Mingalar Zayone Islamic Boarding School in the central town of Meikhtila was one of the most brutal, with Buddhist mobs hunting down children and teachers with metal pipes, chains and stones as security forces stood by.

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