Communalriots reared their ugly head in various parts of Sri Lanka with the government asking for the army’s assistance to maintain law and order in the areas affected. A curfew was imposed in the southern resort towns of Alutgama and Beruwala where two nights of bloodshed left four people dead. Hundreds of troops were deployed in the areas to help police contain the violence, which erupted after a mob of Buddhist hardliners marched in Alutgama, claiming the procession was stoned by Muslims.
The attacks are the latest in a series of religious clashes that hit the country following unrest in the past few months, when Buddhist mobs attacked a mosque in capital Colombo. Muslims make up about 10 percent of the 20 million population of Sri Lanka. Due to being relatively well-off, they are accused of having undue influence in the Buddhist-majority country.