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Mob attacks Sri Lanka Tamil party as tensions rise

Published on Mar 31, 2013 1:56 PM

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.

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