Sri Lanka imposes curfew after anti-Muslim attacks kill one

Sri Lanka imposes curfew after anti-Muslim attacks kill one”

Later the curfew was extended to cover the entire country of 21 million people.

Muslims huddled in the mosque for safety and requested that police fire their guns in the air to disperse the mob, but police refused, saying that the mob wanted to inspect the mosque for weapons.

The latest rioting came three weeks after a string of suicide bomb attacks against three Christian churches and three luxury hotels, leaving 258 people dead and almost 500 wounded.

His death was reported after authorities ordered the entire country placed under a night curfew and police were ordered to use maximum force to deal with troublemakers.

Visiting Kuliyapitiya - a town where rioting happened - Mr Wickremesinghe said he would not allow the lives of innocent people to be disrupted. Amith Weerasinghe who has been arrested on 14 May in connection to the attacks was also one of the people previously arrested, and later released on bail in 2018 for his role in anti-Muslim attacks in Digana.

How did the violence unfold?

"Don't laugh more, 1 day u will cry", he wrote, which local Christians took to be a warning of an impending attack. He said the security situation was under control and the perpetrators would be punished.

Leaders from across the political spectrum have been pleading for calm and urging people not to share rumours via social media.

On Monday, the Sri Lanka government blocked social media across the country. One Muslim businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the BBC he feared for his safety. "The army is on the streets with guns, but they don't take any action against the violence", he said.

What happened on Easter Sunday? .

Ameez has been in custody since April 25 and authorities believe he was the link between the two groups that carried out the attacks, providing technical and logistical support to the suicide bombers.

"To all people of religion, and citizens of this country, please ensure that you do not do anything that is against unity and peace among people in this country".

Tensions have been high in Sri Lanka since Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked suicide bombings targeted Christians on Easter Sunday, killing and wounding hundreds of people.

The Islamic State terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ).

Sri Lanka has a history of ethnic conflict and the latest violence has triggered alarm.

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