23 people arrested after anti-Muslim mobs slaughter man in Sri Lanka
[DAWN] Sri Lankan police tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on Moslem-owned homes and shops in apparent reprisal for the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.
Soldiers in armoured vehicles patrolled the towns hit by sectarian violence this week as residents recalled how Moslems had hid in paddy fields to escape mobs carrying rods and swords, incensed over the murderous Moslem attacks.
The April 21 attacks, claimed by the murderous Moslem Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
, targeted churches and hotels, mostly in Colombo, killing more than 250 people and fuelling fears of a backlash against the island nation's minority Moslems.
Mobs moved through towns in Sri Lanka's northwest on cycle of violences and in buses, ransacking mosques, burning copies of the Holy Koran and attacking shops with petrol bombs in rioting that began on Sunday, Moslem residents said.
Police said they arrested 23 people from across the island for inciting violence against Moslems, who make up less than 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's 22 million people who are predominantly Sinhalese Buddhists.
Police front man Ruwan Gunasekera said the situation is under control and no new incidents had been reported on Tuesday.
But a nationwide curfew from 9pm to 4am (local times) would be in effect for a second night.
The lone fatality of the riots was a man killed while trying to protect his home from attack.
When mobs arrived in the Kottramulla area on Monday evening, Mohammed Salim Fowzul Ameer, 49, went outside while his wife, Fatima Jiffriya, stayed with their four children.
Jiffriya, 37, then heard shouts and sounds of fighting.
"I opened the door to see my husband on the ground in a pool of blood, the police right in front and the mob running," she said.
"His heart was still beating hard, I took him into my lap and started to scream for help," she added, her voice breaking, as women consoled her children at an uncle's house ahead of Ameer's burial.
Posted by: Fred 2019-05-15