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Wednesday , April 24 2019

Residents: Mobs attack more Muslim-owned shops in Sri Lanka

A timber depot burns in Mullegama village in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March. 7, 2018.Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims barricaded inside mosques

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) — Residents say Buddhist mobs are still sweeping through Muslim neighborhoods in Sri Lanka’s central hills, destroying stores and restaurants despite a curfew, a state of emergency and heavy deployment of security forces.
Mohamed Ramzeen, who owns a small eatery outside the central town of Kandy, says about 50 people broke into his restaurant Wednesday night during the curfew, destroying nearly everything they found.
Others in the area have described similar attacks. The streets of most towns were empty Thursday except for police and soldiers.
Sri Lanka’s bitter ethnic divide, which fueled a long and bloody civil war, has shifted to a religious divide in recent years, with the rise of hard-line Buddhist groups that stoke anger against minority Muslims.

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