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Sri Lanka: Muslim shops, mosques targeted by Buddhist hardliners

Authorities set curfew to combat new wave of violence directed at the country's Muslim minority.

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Sri Lanka imposed a curfew in a central town popular with tourists after days of unrest between religious communities with a Buddhist man killed and Muslim businesses set ablaze.

Police said on Monday there had been riots and arson attacks since the weekend in Kandy district, while sources told Al Jazeera the violence was spreading throughout the South Asian island nation.

“The curfew was imposed to control the situation in the area,” said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera.

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