Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew as riots spread

Mosques Attacked In Sri Lanka Town After Facebook Row Curfew Imposed

Mosques Attacked In Sri Lanka Town After Facebook Row Curfew Imposed

Sri Lanka has been on edge since the April 21 attacks by jihadist suicide bombers on three hotels and three churches which left 258 dead.

Mobs slashed to death a Sri Lankan Muslim man despite a nationwide curfew imposed on Monday night after anti-Muslim riots spread to three districts north of the capital in a violent backlash against Easter suicide bombings.

Sri Lankan authorities say most of the 150 people suspected to have been linked to the last month's attacks have died or been arrested but many still fear that the government has not caught all potential militants.

One mosque suffered extensive damage, he said. Christian leaders, including the Sri Lankan archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, have called for restraint from the minority community of about 1.5m people, but Muslim refugees were targeted in small incidents in the week aftermath the attacks, and the tension is now being felt by the wider Muslim community.

"They destroyed and burned Qur'ans, broke every glass window and door and urinated on the water storage which Muslims used to take ablution", he said. Negombo was one of the sites attacked on Easter Sunday.

On Sunday, the government imposed a curfew in the town of Chilaw after dozens of people pelted stones at mosques and Muslim-owned establishments.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged the public not to believe rumours and warned that civil unrest will stretch the already thinly deployed security forces.

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The violence in Chilaw spread to the adjoining Buddhist-majority Kurunegala district, where mobs were heard shouting "we will kill you", while attacking Muslim businesses and homes.

Residents in Muslim parts of the country's North Western Province said mobs had attacked mosques and damaged shops and businesses owned by Muslims for a second day. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group, the National Thawheed Jama'ath (NTJ), for the bombings.

The main body of Islamic clerics, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), said there was increased suspicion of Muslims after the Easter Sunday killings.

On Twitter, Sri Lanka's leading mobile phone operator, Dialog Axiata Plc, said it had also received instructions to block the apps Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube until further notice.

The Sunday curfews came as Catholic churches held their first Sunday mass amid tight security.

Public schools completed their reopening from extended Easter holidays after the attacks, but attendance was extremely low, according to education authorities.

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