Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Curfew in Negombo: Tension rises between Sinhalese and Muslims

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo, May 6: Curfew has been imposed in city of Negombo, after tensions between Sinhalese people and Muslims has risen. Fighting started between ethnic Sinhalese people and Muslims, as per military spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu.

After deadly Easter bombings state schools started classes today. St Sebastian’s Church in majority-Catholic Negombo was among the six sites bombed in the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 people. A police officer said “At least two motorcycles and two three-wheel taxis have been damaged in the clashes;” He added “We declared a curfew till 7am (01:30 GMT) to contain the unrest.” No causalities have been reported yet.

Investigations are under way into the clashes as per a senior officer. Authorities have re imposed ban on social media platforms in a bid to stop spreading rumours after the violence. State of emergency has been imposed since Easter bombings which give powers to security agencies to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.

“Police and soldiers combed school premises and the surrounding areas to make sure it is safe for children to go back” said Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said 0on Monday.

 

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