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Sri Lanka police probe fire at Muslim-owned store

Published on Jun 21, 2014 2:45 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan police were investigating a fire which on Saturday destroyed a Muslim-owned clothing store in a district where religious tensions had heightened.

The authorities had not ruled out arson at the upmarket No-Limit store in Panadura, 25 kilometres south of Colombo, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.

"We are looking at the possibility of arson as well as an accidental fire," he told AFP. "The fire started in the upper floor and we are still investigating."

He said workers had carried out some electrical repair work the previous day.

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