Sri Lankan police make arrests in connection to violence after Easter attack

Sri Lankan soldiers patrol a road of Hettipola after a mob attack in a mosque in the nearby village of Kottampitiya, Sri Lanka. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Colombo, Sri Lanka May 15, 2019, 06.35 AM (IST)

Sri Lankan police arrested 23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on homes and shops, in what's believed to be a reprisal for the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.

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Soldiers in armoured vehicles patrolled the towns hit by sectarian violence this week as residents recalled how people had hid in paddy fields to escape mobs incensed over attacks last month.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Easter Sunday on April 21 that targeted churches and hotels and there have since been fears of a backlash against a community.

A police spokesman said the situation is under control with no new incidents reported on Tuesday but a nation-wide curfew from 9 pm (1530 GMT) to 4 am would be in effect for a second night.

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Soldiers in armoured vehicles patrolled the towns hit by sectarian violence this week as residents recalled how people had hid in paddy fields to escape mobs incensed over attacks last month.