Muslim man killed in riots despite curfew, government urges calm

The Police imposed curfew in the Chilaw area with immediate effect till 4am tomorrow after a social media post triggered violence

In his address to the nation after the Easter Sunday blasts, President Maithripala Sirisena called on the public to refrain from looking at the Muslim community with a suspicious eye following the attacks.

Social media users further flagged individuals who had taken part in the violence and been arrested only to be released due to mobs surrounding the police station. They were extended across the country on Monday after more riots.

Police spokesman Mr Gunasekera did not respond to a request for comment on the incident, but in an emailed statement to Reuters he said there had been some damage to property in the Hettipola area of Kurunegala district.

Security forces fired in the air to disperse mobs, but the violence spread to nearby towns where Muslim businesses were also attacked.

Court documents reviewed by Reuters show that the online conversations between the Sri Lankan and the two Indians in western India, began in the summer of 2016 and lasted until the arrest of the two Indians in late 2017. "They told us to go inside", said Mohamed Faleel, 47, who runs a auto paint business.

When they succeeded in breaking into the shop, they physically attacked Dilara's husband and his three employees.

But a nationwide curfew from 9 p.m. (1530 GMT) to 4 a.m. would be in effect for a second night.

Social media platforms remain blocked after a government decision, and several Sri Lankans also complained of mobile data being interrupted.

The Army was deployed to provide protection to the Kuliyapitiya Police station.

The moulavi has been remanded till May 14 after he was produced before the Negombo Magistrate's Court a day before.

Video recordings of the clashes shared by locals revealed at least two key suspects were present in the vicinity, with the mobs. To be a Sri Lankan is to be a Buddhist, to be Hindu, to be a Muslim, to be a Christian. Weerasinghe was seen in the area, said sources.

Countries like the United States and terror groups like Daesh a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.newsfirst.lk/2019/05/13/the-relationship-between-usa-and-isis/" target="_blank" *report in Sri Lanka-based news portal News First. This comes weeks after the Easter Sunday bombings in the island nation.

Mr Wickremesinghe said he had given powers to the security forces to take strong action against those disturbing the peace. However, the situation was brought under control. "We appeal to the government: Do not let that happen".

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith also spoke about the intervention of Western nations in Sri Lanka, noting that the U.S. has been strategically placing its warships across the globe in key positions so that it can take over any country at a moment's notice, the report added.

"Mobs had attacked him with sharp weapons at his carpentry workshop", the official said.

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