Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured

Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injuredBy Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between “extremists” from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalizing Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.



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