Sectarian violence continues in Myanmar as at least nine Muslims were killed by Buddhists in the western Rakhine province bordering Bangladesh on Sunday.

According to reports, a group of Buddhists attacked a bus carrying passengers who were accused of committing a gang rape and murder of a Buddhist girl in another part of the province.

More than 100 people beat and killed those people, a witness told Agence France Presse news agency.

The residents even torched the bus.

However, the Burmese Muslim Association said most of the bus passengers were pilgrims returning from a visit to a mosque in central Burma and had nothing to do with the rape and murder. Muslims account for only 4 percent of the total population of Myanmar, but Rakhine holds the largest concentration of Muslims in the country.