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Burma Rakhine clashes death toll at 56 - state officials

25 October 2012 Last updated at 21:02 BST

At least 56 people have been killed and hundreds of homes torched since Sunday, as clashes spread in Burma's Rakhine state, officials say.

Several were killed overnight as violence erupted despite a night-time curfew in at least two towns.

The latest clashes are the first serious outburst of violence since June when a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine after 90 people were killed.

But tensions remained high between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims.

The BBC's International Development Correspondent, David Loyn, has recently returned from Burma.