Fresh violence in Sri Lanka


Fresh violence erupted in Sri Lanka today after a Muslim-owned restaurant was attacked in an alleged hate crime in a northern city, a day after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a commission to probe a spate of anti-Muslim riots in the violence-hit Kandy district.
The restaurant located in Puttalam district’s Anamaduwa city, 130 kilometres from Colombo, was targeted early morning even as police are keeping a tight vigil following eruption of communal clashes on Monday that have left two persons dead and damaged several homes, businesses and mosques in the scenic Kandy district.
"Anamaduwe Muslim restaurant was attacked at 4 am (local time)  this morning," the Colombo Telegraph reported. Tensions remain high across Sri Lanka after the violence broke out following the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority last week.
He had declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday and deployed the police and military to prevent escalation of violence after clashes between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims erupted in other areas of central Sri Lanka’s riot-hit Kandy district. 

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