Friday, 16th April 2021

Facebook, Whatsapp temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka after mosque attack

Colombo, May 13 (BAN) : The decision to temporarily block social media networking sites like Facebook and Whatsapp was taken by the Sri Lankan government after a mosque was attacked, according to a Reuters report.

Curfew was imposed immediately in the town of Chilaw by the Sri Lankan police after the mob attacked a mosque, Muslim owned stores and beat up a Muslim man over a Facebook dispute.

The tensions have arisen soon after the Easter bombings which have provoked harassment against Muslims across the country.

A Facebook spat between a Chilaw local and a man identified as Abdul Hameed Mohammed Hamsar initiated the mob attack, consequently leading to locals of Chilaw, a Christian dominated town, beating 38 year old Hameed Hamsar.

Footage of the attacks circulating online show one mosque that has suffered damage and a few young men pelting stones at a clothing store that belonged to Hamsar.

 

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