Sri Lanka Relaxes Curfew After Anti-Muslim Riot

Sri Lanka has partially lifted an overnight curfew imposed nationwide after the worst bout of Anti-Muslim violence since the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.

Mosques and Muslim-owned shops have been vandalized or set on fire, and one Muslim man has been slashed to death.

Police said a curfew will remain in the North-Western province until further notice.

In several towns, Police fired into the air and used tear gas to disperse mobs.

Tensions have been high since Islamist militants attacked churches and hotels three weeks ago on Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.

In a televised address, Police Chief Chandana Wickramaratne warned that officers would respond to rioters with maximum force.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also appealed for calm in the early hours of Monday, saying the current unrest was hampering the investigation into last month’s attacks.

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