Sri Lanka imposes curfew amid anti-Muslim violence

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The 45-year-old man died shortly after admission to a hospital in Puttalam district during the rioting which began Sunday in the area, a police official told AFP. The Muslims, huddled in the mosque, asked the police to fire in the air to disperse the mob, but the police said the people wanted to inspect the mosque for weapons.

A mob targeted Muslim-owned shops after taking a Facebook post by a shopkeeper to be a threat.

A Police curfew has been imposed in the Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya Police divisions until 6 am today (Monday) to control a tense situation, the Police said.

Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 258 people and injuring over 500 others on the Easter Sunday.

The attacks consisted nearly exclusively of vandalism: broken windows, damaged bicycles parked outside one of the mosques, and Qurans left strewn on the ground in some mosques, an act of disrespects that in some Muslim-majority countries would trigger prosecution.

Sri Lanka blocked access to Facebook and WhatsApp on Monday after a posting sparked anti-Muslim riots across several towns in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide attacks.

Official sources said the curfew was aimed at preventing a further escalation of violence, but police would not say why it had been extended across the country of 21 million people.




The unrest was triggered on Sunday after a group of people stormed into Chilaw town following the Facebook post by a Muslim shopkeeper about "an attack plan".

Incidents were also reported in the town of Hettipola, where at least three shops were reportedly torched.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group, the National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ), for the bombings.

Earlier Monday, authorities banned Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

The message read "Don't laugh more, one day u will cry", which Christians took as a warning of an impending attack. The Sri Lankan government had blocked social media services in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

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

The security forces are conducting round the clock security operations since the attack in the crackdown on radical Muslims with links to the bombings.

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