At least 1 Muslim killed in riots: Sri Lankan minister

Sri Lanka imposes curfew after mobs target mosques

Sri Lanka imposes curfew after mobs target mosques

An officer at the Marawila Hospital police said a 42-year old man admitted to the hospital with stab wounds had died.

"Mobs had attacked him with sharp weapons at his carpentry workshop", a police official told the AFP news agency. Sri Lanka ordered a nationwide curfew for the second night in a row on Tuesday after a wave of anti-Muslim riots in the wake of the Easter bombings.

The murder of over 250 people by suicide bombers at three churches and three luxury hotels was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Another mob that grew from 200 to approximately 1,000 people rode through the town of Kottampitiya on motorcycles Monday afternoon, wielding swords and staves according to locals. "It is no heroism in attacking Muslims and damaging their property - true heroism is to control and overcome oneself", Ranjith said.

"He was the main technology person for them", said one of the Sri Lankan police Criminal Investigation Department sources involved in the investigation. "When mobs tried to attack mosques, we fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse them. There are people trying to make political capital out of this situation".

Authorities had earlier in the day reimposed curfew in several towns of the still shaken Buddhist-majority country and temporarily blocked social media websites after a Facebook post sparked the anti-Muslim riots. Dozens of people have been detained since the Easter Sunday attacks.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said late on Monday he had given powers to the security forces to take strong action against those responsible for anti-Muslim violence. He also appealed for calm urged the public not to be swayed by false information.

Muslim residents in parts of the country's North Western Province accused the police and army of standing by while mobs attacked.

There had already been clashes last week between Christians and Muslims in Negombo, the town north of Colombo that was targeted by the suicide attackers. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a gazette notice banning three Islamic extremist organisations, including National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) that was blamed for the Easter bombings.

Police arrested a group of men for the attacks but people in the mostly Buddhist district then demanded their release, military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said.

In this Sunday, May 12, 2019, photo, Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard at the entrance to Good Shepherd convent and the St. Benedict's college in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Internet service providers said they have been instructed by the telecoms regulator to block access to Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Instagram in a bid to prevent the spread of messages inciting violence.

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