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Deadly riots flare in Sri Lanka resort region for 2nd night running

Published on Jun 17, 2014 9:56 PM
 
A Sri Lankan resident surveys the damage to a charred Muslim-owned home following clashes between Muslims and an extremist Buddhist group in the town of Alutgama on June 17, 2014. More deadly violence flared in the resort region, where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night running in defiance of a curfew, the police and residents said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

ALUTGAMA, Sri Lanka (AFP) - More deadly violence flared in a Sri Lankan resort region where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night running in defiance of a curfew, the police and residents said on Tuesday.

Amid mounting international concern at the unrest, residents of a town that has borne the brunt said an unarmed security guard was killed in an attack outside a Muslim-owned farm, raising the overall death toll to four.

"More than a dozen houses and shops have been burnt overnight," a police source told AFP from the mainly Muslim town of Alutgama, after another night of mob violence by followers of the extremist Buddhist Force.

Soldiers, armed with assault rifles and cricket stumps as batons, were seen patrolling the deserted streets of the southwestern beach resort on Tuesday.

 
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