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Sri Lanka police arrests looters behind religious riots

Published on Jun 28, 2014 12:52 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's police arrested key suspects involved in fuelling religious riots and looting, an official said on Saturday as minority Muslims expressed fears of more unrest ahead of Ramadan.

Police said a total of eight people directly linked to the June 15 anti-Muslim riots were arrested this week and gems and jewellery looted from two shops that were targeted during the violence were recovered.

"With the help of CCTV footage and the recently established (police) intelligence network we arrested the suspects along with the stolen goods," senior superintendent Athula Weerasinghe said.

The violence which erupted in the coastal resort of Alutgama spilled over into the neighbouring international tourist resorts of Beruwala and Bentota.

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