Mob attacks Sri Lanka Tamil party as tensions rise
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main Tamil party on Sunday accused a pro-government mob of attacking them in the island's north as racial tensions rose after Buddhist extremists smashed a Muslim-owned business.
The opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said their meeting in the town of Kilinochchi on Saturday was disrupted by a stone-throwing mob which had also attacked their vehicles and damaged a building while police looked on.
"Although there were police officers at that place... they took no effort to quell this attack," the TNA said in a statement. TNA legislators have been provided with policemen as their bodyguards.
The latest violence came two days after a mob targeted a Muslim-owned clothing store and warehouse just outside Colombo, raising religious tensions in a country emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic war.