Liberia's government has imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the capital, Monrovia, after a day of rioting that left at least five people dead.

Mobs rampaged through the city Friday burning buildings and cars. U.N. peacekeepers fired warning shots to restore order.

Witnesses say the violence began late Thursday and early Friday as a dispute between Christians and Muslims escalated into a riot. Many of the burned buildings were churches and mosques.

Liberia's Interim Government leader Gyude Bryant said the violence was started by forces seeking to disrupt the nation's peace process.

Liberia is struggling to recover from 14 years of nearly non-stop civil war. The nation is run by a transitional government until elections can be held next year.