Sri Lanka to probe riots, lift curfew

Sri Lanka to probe riots, lift curfew

Sri Lanka to probe riots, lift curfew

Eleven mosques were also damaged or completely destroyed by Sinhalese mobs, according to police who say the situation has been brought under control after a heavy military deployment.

Police said the main instigator of the riots was arrested on Thursday along with 145 others.

About 3,000 police, 2,500 army personnel and 750 special task forces have been deployed in Kandy.

"The main junction is going up in flames".

Speaking to Sri Lankan Mirror, Mr Samaraweera was quoted as saying that "although he does not personally endorse censorship of social media, at this decisive moment, the decision taken by the president to temporarily block social media sites was an appropriate and vital decision".

A person familiar with the company's thinking regarding the Sri Lanka situation told CNBC the company believes that restricting access to the internet can deprive people of an important communication tool during a time of crisis and hopes that access will soon be restored soon in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena toured Kandy on Wednesday and ordered security forces to use the full force of the law against troublemakers. A senior police official said disciplinary action would be taken against officers in the Anamaduwa area for failing to prevent the restaurant attack.

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The Kandy region, 115 kilometres (72 miles) east of the capital Colombo, is popular with tourists as well as Buddhist pilgrims.

The restriction continued today despite the lifting of the curfew in the affected villages.

Holidaymakers have been urged to avoid the hill resort, which is home to Sri Lanka's holiest Buddhist shrine, the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

The government declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as the unrest escalated when a Muslim man was found dead in a burnt-out building, a day after a Sinhalese man died of injuries sustained in an attack carried out by Muslim men. Sinhalese Buddhists make up 75% of the country's 21 million people, and 10% are Muslims. Buddhist Sinhalese account for about 70 percent and ethnic Tamils, most of whom are Hindus, about 13 percent.

The suspected leader of the group, Amith Jeewan Weerasinghe, and nine others were detained on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned properties in the central Kandy district by nationalist crowds.

In June 2014 riots between Buddhists, led by radical monks, and Muslims left four dead.

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