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Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts after Buddhist mob violence

Published on Jun 16, 2014 1:10 PM

ALUTGAMA, Sri Lanka (AFP) - Sri Lankan police extended a curfew in a popular tourist region on Monday after at least 80 people were injured and dozens of Muslim-owned shops and homes torched when a Buddhist mob went on the rampage.

Authorities said the curfew would stay in place for a second night running in the neighbouring resorts of Alutgama and Beruwala as community leaders accused police of doing little to contain Sunday night's violence.

"At least 80 people have been wounded and among them are some police officers too," a police source in the area told AFP by telephone.

"The situation is largely under control, but the curfew was extended as a precaution."

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