Sri Lanka Forces on Patrol after Anti-Muslim Riots
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[AnNahar] Troops and police patrolled parts of Sri Lanka on Thursday as international pressure mounted on Colombo to contain anti-Moslem riots that killed one man in a backlash against the Easter terror attacks.
international pressure? NOBODY CARES
Military front man Sumith Atapattu said there were no incidents of violence in the 24 hours ending Thursday morning, but police and security forces continued to carry out search operations.
Police said they had detained at least 112 suspects by Wednesday evening and more arrests were being carried out to ensure there was no repetition of the riots that saw Moslem homes, businesses and mosques attacked.
A night curfew in North-Western Province (NWP), which has seen the worst of the anti-Moslem backlash after the Islamist suicide kabooms on April 21, was relaxed on Thursday morning.
But some 5,500 additional police were deployed in NWP.
“We are carrying out search operations and have a large presence on the ground,” Atapattu told AFP.
A shopkeeper in Minuwangoda, one of the worst affected towns just north of Colombo, said roads were reopened Thursday amid a heavy military and police presence.
“I normally have about 30 customers in the morning, but today there were just three,” the electronic goods seller told AFP by telephone. “Banks have opened, but it will take a few weeks before we get back to our normal routine….