Assault on mosque in Colombo revives religious tensions in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan police deployed commandos and imposed a curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood on Saturday after a Buddhist-led mob attacked a mosque, wounding four people and reviving simmering religious tensions, officials said.
Two police constables guarding the disputed mosque in Colombo's Grandpass area were among those wounded and hospitalised, Colombo National Hospital spokesman Pushpa Soysa said.
"They had been hit by stones and also had cut injuries from falling glass debris," Ms Soysa told AFP. "We have two constables and two Muslim men admitted following the attack."
Residents said temple bells summoned the faithful who went over to the neighbouring mosque and started pelting stones. Several homes in the area were also damaged, residents said.