News 15 may — 10:46

Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew after anti-Muslim riots


Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide curfew for the second night in a row after a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the wake of the Easter bombings, BBC reports.

A Muslim man was stabbed to death while rioters torched Muslim-owned shops and vandalised mosques during Monday's attacks.

Police have arrested 60 people, including the leader of a far-right Buddhist group.

The United Nations has called for calm and a "rejection of hate".

Tuesday's curfew came into effect at 21:00 (15:30 GMT). Police said the North-Western province, where the worst violence flared, will be shut down for longer.

Rioting in the province, north of the capital, Colombo, saw police fire bullets into the air to disperse mobs marauding through several towns.

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