Colombo, May 13 (newsin.asia) – A curfew has been imposed across Sri Lanka’s north western province following violent clashes which erupted against the minority Muslims.
The Police initially imposed curfew only in certain towns in the Kurunegala District, but as as clashes escalated further, a curfew was imposed across the province indefinitely.
Eyewitnesses said several properties and mosques were damaged by mobs while the police said additional security had been deployed on the streets to prevent further clashes.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a statement urged citizens to remain calm and not be swayed by false information.
“Security forces are working tirelessly to apprehend terrorists and ensure the security of the country, but each time there is civil unrest, we increase their burden and hamper ongoing investigations,” the Prime Minister said.
Meanwhile the government information department said several social media sites applications including Facebook and Whatsapp had been blocked from Monday morning to prevent the spread of misinformation.
Sri Lanka has been facing a threat of sectarian violence following the terror attacks on April 21 which killed over 250 people and injured over 500.
The explosions targeted three churches and three luxury hotels.
The local radical group, the National Thawheed Jammath have been blamed for the attacks.