Sri Lankan authorities reimpose ban on four towns following communal violence

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 13, 2019, 04.10 PM(IST)

Sri Lankan Special Task Force soldiers stand guard in front of a mosque during the Friday prayers at a mosque. Photograph:( Reuters )

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'However, following a communal clash in the afternoon at Hettipola, the curfew was re-imposed with immediate effect till 4 am tomorrow on the area and its neighbouring towns of Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya,' a police official said.

The Sri Lankan authorities on Monday reimposed the curfew, few hours after it was lifted on four towns in the northwestern region following communal violence in the area.

"Curfew was lifted at 6 am this morning from Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya towns," a police official said.

"However, following a communal clash in the afternoon at Hettipola, the curfew was re-imposed with immediate effect till 4 am tomorrow on the area and its neighbouring towns of Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya," the official added.

Earlier today, the Lankan government temporarily blocked some social media network and instant messaging apps after violent incidents marred the country in the fallout of Easter suicide bombings

Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, news agency Reuters reported.

Some temporarily blocked apps include Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.

(With inputs from agencies)