Ri­ots in Sri Lanka claim first life

IN­DEF­I­NITE CUR­FEW Vi­o­lence erupted on Mon­day night, three weeks af­ter ex­trem­ist bomb­ings killed 258 peo­ple

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MINUWANGOD­A, SRI LANKA: Parts of Sri Lanka were un­der in­def­i­nite cur­few on Tues­day and so­cial me­dia off lim­its af­ter a man was killed by sword-wield­ing ri­ot­ers in an es­ca­lat­ing anti-Mus­lim back­lash fol­low­ing the Easter ter­ror at­tacks.

Vi­o­lence broke out on Mon­day, three weeks af­ter bomb­ings killed 258 peo­ple, with ram­pag­ing mobs car­ry­ing out ar­son at­tacks and 2,000 peo­ple van­dal­is­ing a mosque, wit­nesses said.

A na­tion­wide cur­few im­posed overnight was raised on Tues­day morn­ing ex­cept for the North­West­ern Prov­ince (NWP) where po­lice said a 45-year-old man was slaugh­tered in his car­pen­try shop by a crowd car­ry­ing swords.

Po­lice said on Tues­day that 13 peo­ple had been ar­rested in­clud­ing Amith Weeras­inghe, a man from Sri Lanka’s ma­jor­ity Bud­dhist Sin­halese com­mu­nity on bail for his role in sim­i­lar ri­ots in March last year in the cen­tral Kandy dis­trict.

Video footage of the un­rest in the NWP showed burn­ing shops as mobs armed with sticks and stones roamed the streets at­tack­ing Mus­lim-owned shops.

EN­GI­NEER WAS UN­DER IN­DIAN SUR­VEIL­LANCE

COLOMBO/AHMEDABAD: A Sri Lankan soft­ware en­gi­neer sus­pected of hav­ing pro­vided tech­ni­cal and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to the Easter Sun­day sui­cide bombers was mon­i­tored by In­dian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies three years ago for links with IS suspects, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

Sources in Sri Lankan in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies be­lieve Aad­hil Ameez, a 24-year-old, was the link be­tween two groups that car­ried out the at­tacks. He has been ar­rested and is in po­lice cus­tody, sources said.

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