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Sri Lanka anti-Muslim campaign threatens tensions

A red-robbed Buddhist monk calmly picked up stones and hurled them at a security camera.

Sri Lanka frees monks after anti-Muslim attack

A Sri Lankan court Tuesday freed three Buddhist monks and 14 others suspected of torching a Muslim-owned clothing store in an attack that scaled up the country's religious tensions. In the latest in a wave of attacks targeting minority Muslims, an angry mob of hardline Buddhists vandalised and set fire to the store in a suburb of Colombo, leading police to boost security for Muslim businesses nationwide.

Sri Lanka monks arrested over anti-Muslim attack

Sri Lanka's police arrested three Buddhist monks on Monday over the destruction of a Muslim-owned clothing store that heightened religious tensions in the country, an official said. Police superintendent Buddhika Siriwardena said the monks were detained four days after a mob of Sinhalese-Buddhist men vandalised and torched a section of the three-storey building in the Pepiliyana suburb of Colombo.

Sri Lanka monks arrested over anti-Muslim attack

Sri Lanka's police arrested three Buddhist monks on Monday over the smashing of a Muslim-owned clothing store that heightened religious tensions in the country, an official said. Police superintendent Buddhika Siriwardena said the monks were detained four days after a mob of Sinhalese-Buddhist men vandalised and torched a section of the three-storey building in the Pepiliyana suburb of Colombo.

Sri Lanka steps up security after anti-Muslim attack

Sri Lanka boosted security for Muslim-owned businesses across the country on Friday after a clothing store was torched by hundreds of Buddhist hardliners, escalating religious tensions. Police said commandos of the elite Special Task Force were deployed in the Colombo suburb of Pepiliyana where mobs from the ethnic Sinhalese majority stoned and later set fire to a store and warehouse owned by Muslims late on Thursday.

Sri Lanka steps up security after anti-Muslim attack

Sri Lanka boosted security for Muslim-owned businesses across the country on Friday after a clothing store was torched by hundreds of Buddhist hardliners, scaling up religious tensions. Police said commandos of the elite Special Task Force were deployed in the Colombo suburb of Pepiliyana where mobs from the ethnic Sinhalese majority stoned and later set fire to a store and warehouse owned by Muslims late Thursday.

Sri Lanka deploys troops after Muslim store attacked

Sri Lankan troops and police commandos were deployed near the capital Thursday after an angry mob stormed a clothing store, officials said, in the latest in a wave of attacks targeting minority Muslims. The mob comprising hundreds of Buddhist hardliners attacked a showroom of the Fashion Bug clothing chain outside Colombo late evening, setting merchandise on fire and smashing several vehicles parked outside, witnesses told AFP. "The situation is now under control," a police officer at the scene told reporters.
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