Sri Lanka: Anti-Muslim mob kills Muslim man, attacks Muslim shops, mosques

14th May 2019
Sri Lanka: Anti-Muslim mob kills Muslim man, attacks Muslim shops, mosques

By Omer Faruk Yildiz

 

COLOMBO (AA): A mob in Sri Lanka’s Puttalam district has killed a Muslim man despite a nationwide curfew imposed following anti-Muslim rioting.

The mob attacked the 45-year-old man, Mohamed Ameer Mohamed Sally, with sharp weapons, a police official told local media Monday.

He died soon after being admitted to Marawila hospital, the official added.

The Abrar mosque in Kiniyama was attacked Monday.

“There are hundreds of rioters, police and army are just watching. They have burnt our mosques and smashed many shops owned by Muslims,” a resident, who asked not to be identified, told the Reuters news agency. “When we try to come out of our house, police tell us to stay inside.”

Following terrorist attacks targeting churches and hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday, April 21 which killed over 250 people and injured 500 others, the government imposed a temporary curfew and blocked social media networks for some time.

The curfew was re-imposed Monday when anti-Muslim mobs attacked mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.

*Writing by Sena Guler

[Photo:  Sri Lankans view a damaged shop after mobs attacked Muslim-owned shops at the Poruthota village in Negombo, about 35 kilometers North of Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 06, 2019. Photographer: Chamila Karunarathne/AA]

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