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Police in Sri Lanka arrested 23 people Tuesday in connection with a series of mob attacks against Muslim homes and businesses in retaliation for the Easter church bombings.
Young Sinhalese Buddhist men led riotous mobs through northwest Sri Lanka from Sunday through Monday evening. They attacked Muslim homes, mosques and businesses and reportedly burned Korans and killed one man in the process, Reuters reported.
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Soldiers began patrolling areas hit by the mob violence after police arrested 23 people from across Sri Lanka who allegedly perpetrated the assaults.
Seven of those arrested were young Sinhalese Buddhist men who reportedly led the mobs and directed them to attack particular homes, businesses and mosques. Militant Buddhist groups have cultivated anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka for years, sparking fears soon after the Easter bombings that such groups would use the attacks as justification to incite violence against Sri Lankan Muslims.
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Police implemented a nationwide curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. for both Monday and Tuesday night, though police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said no one has reported any new assaults as of Tuesday.
The one reported fatality occurred Monday evening in the village of Kottramulla. Rioters killed Mohamed Salim Fowzul Ameer as he stood...
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