Sunday, December 21, 2014   

More deadly riots flare in Sri Lanka resort
(06-17 13:58)

More deadly violence flared in a Sri Lankan coastal resort where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night running in defiance of a curfew, police and residents said.
Amid mounting international concern over the unrest, residents of a town which has borne the brunt said a security guard was killed in an attack outside a Muslim-owned farm, raising the overall toll to four.
''More than a dozen houses and shops have been burnt overnight,'' a police source said from the mainly Muslim town of Alutgama after another night of mob violence by followers of the extremist Buddhist Force.
Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to help police put a lid on the violence. Although the unrest yesterday was not as widespread as the previous night, it came despite the announcement of an indefinite curfew.
Residents said that several vehicles had also been set alight in Alutgama although there were no reports of fresh violence in the neighbouring town of Beruwala where property was also set on fire on Sunday.
The most senior Muslim member of President Mahinda Rajapakse's government threatened Monday to resign at the decision to allow militant Buddhists to rally in the flashpoint region on Sunday.
The fighting erupted after a prominent Buddhist monk threatened to obliterate the predominantly Muslim towns in the majority Buddhist nation.--AFP

   
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