Sri Lanka Imposes Nationwide Curfew as Anti-Muslim Riots Erupt Weeks After Easter Day Attacks

Sri Lanka on Monday declared a nationwide curfew as anti-Muslim riots spread to parts of the island nation, just three weeks after multiple suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State killed over 250 people and injured hundreds.

The curfew will remain in force till 4 a.m. Tuesday, said police spokesman S.P. Ruwan Gunasekara. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged citizens to remain calm and not be swayed by rumours after the violence, majorly affecting Kurunegala district where Muslims were targeted, Colombo Gazette reported.

Kurunegala town is located about 100 km from Colombo and Muslims constitute the second largest ethnic group there after the Sinhalese, who are mainly Buddhists. Read More

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