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Sri Lanka Muslims cut back Friday prayers after unrest

Published on Jun 20, 2014 5:56 PM
 
Sri Lankan Muslim schoolchildren leave Friday prayers in Colombo on June 20, 2014. Sri Lanka's Muslim minority held shortened Friday prayer services as religious tensions gripped the island after clashes with hardline Buddhists killed four people, an official said. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Muslim minority held shortened Friday prayer services as religious tensions gripped the island after clashes with hardline Buddhists killed four people, an official said.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) said Islamic clerics instructed mosques to conduct shorter services and asked the faithful to disperse peacefully after lunchtime prayers.

"The Ulamas (scholars) asked mosques to ensure shorter sermons and in some places they started prayers earlier than on other Fridays," MCSL President N M Ameen told AFP.

He said there were no incidents reported although the police had anticipated trouble after Friday prayers and stepped up security in the capital and elsewhere.

 
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