Sri Lanka explosions: Muslim community tries to mend ties amid rising tensions

Sri Lankan Muslim men pray during Friday noon prayers at Mohideen Meththai Grand Jumma Mosque in Kattankudy, on April 26, 2019.
Sri Lankan Muslim men pray during Friday noon prayers at Mohideen Meththai Grand Jumma Mosque in Kattankudy, on April 26, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

The target was Pakistani asylum seekers from a persecuted minority Muslim group living in Sri Lanka as refugees.

But as the gang of men, reportedly Christians, stomped around in Negombo demanding revenge for the Easter Sunday attacks that targeted churches in the country, including one in their city, fear also struck the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'Muslim community tries to mend ties amid rising tensions'. Print Edition | Subscribe