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Security up in Sri Lanka after communal clashes

IANS  |  Colombo 

Security was heightened throughout on Friday to maintain law and order after deadly communal clashes erupted in the central region earlier this week, killing three and injuring several others.

told that tight security remained in place for the fifth consecutive day in and security would remain across the district for the coming few days.

Gunasekera said additional security had also been deployed outside mosques and temples throughout the island on Friday in order to avoid further clashes elsewhere in the island.

He added that although the curfew was lifted in on Friday morning, it may be reimposed.

"This will just be as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. However things are returning to normal and there have been no major incidents reported in the past 48 hours," he said.

So far, at least 110 people have been arrested after communal clashes broke out in on Sunday evening, damaging several shops, businesses, homes, temples and mosques.

Police said the main suspect was arrested on Thursday morning along with nine others.

Police conducted in several areas in on Thursday night and said it had recovered more than 20 petrol bombs.

declared a state of Emergency on Tuesday, the first since the country ended a 30 year civil war in May 2009.

In a nation-wide address, he appealed for calm and peace and warned of "stern action" against anyone spreading violence and rumors with the intention of provoking communal violence.

The latest clashes were triggered on Sunday evening after a 41-year-old man succumbed to his after being attacked by a group of people on February 22.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 17:06 IST