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Military called in to restore order as two days of rioting and looting have led to four deaths in coastal towns.
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Aluthgama, Sri Lanka - Riots by Sinhala Buddhist mobs targeting the Muslim population have swept through Sri Lanka's southern coastal towns of Beruwala and Aluthgama.

An alleged assault by a Muslim youth on a Buddhist monk on Thursday resulted in the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist group, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), demonstrating against the Muslim population of Aluthgama on Sunday.

In two days of rioting and looting four people have been killed, including a Tamil security guard, and 80 others injured, the majority being from the Muslim community. Over 60 homes and businesses were set on fire in the two days while several mosques were also damaged.

The police were unable to control the mobs who numbered in the thousands, according to eyewitness reports. Eventually the military was called in to restore order.

The towns, which were once tourist attractions, are now under the blanket of a military curfew with many Muslim residents fearing to return to their homes. Sinhala Buddhist families in the area have taken to marking their homes with the Buddhist flag in an attempt to ensure they are not caught up in attacks. 

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Muslim homes were broken in to by the mobs in the middle of the night. Many families now seek the security of the neighbours, no longer trusting that the police will provide them with the necessary protection.



/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera
The destruction of property has many Muslim residents accusing the security forces of failing to intervene on their behalf.


/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera
Response time by the authorities has been described by many eyewitnesses as poor with many Muslim shops left to burn through the night.


/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera
Businesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.


/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera

Dozens of shops and business establishment have been destroyed, leaving traders fearing for their financial future.



/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera
Businesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.


/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera

Two days of violence has left more than 80 civilians injured. The emergency services could not reach those who had been hurt until the mobs vacated the streets.



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The inability of the police to control the mobs resulted in the government dispatching the army. Many mosques in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala were targeted by the Sinhala Buddhist mobs, who claimed they were encouraging Muslim conservative groups.



/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera

Despite a military imposed curfew in the town of Aluthgama, crowds supporting the Bodu Bala Sena continued to line the streets accusing the armed forces of protecting Muslims.



/Dinouk Colombage/ Al Jazeera

As mobs continued to attack the Muslim populace, members of the Special Task Force secured the entrances and exits to the town of Aluthgama.



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Police were often outnumbers by the mobs and were forced to retreat as mobs descended on Muslim settlements.


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Soldiers have been patrolling the area after the violence.



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After two days of intense rioting which resulted in the deaths of four people, members of the Special Task Force were given orders to remove all mobs from the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.




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Muslim homes were broken in to by the mobs in the middle of the night. Many families now seek the security of the neighbours, no longer trusting that the police will provide them with the necessary protection.

;*;The destruction of property has many Muslim residents accusing the security forces of failing to intervene on their behalf.;*;Response time by the authorities has been described by many eyewitnesses as poor with many Muslim shops left to burn through the night.;*;Businesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.;*;

Dozens of shops and business establishment have been destroyed, leaving traders fearing for their financial future.

;*;Businesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.;*;

Two days of violence has left more than 80 civilians injured. The emergency services could not reach those who had been hurt until the mobs vacated the streets.

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The inability of the police to control the mobs resulted in the government dispatching the army. Many mosques in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala were targeted by the Sinhala Buddhist mobs, who claimed they were encouraging Muslim conservative groups.

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Despite a military imposed curfew in the town of Aluthgama, crowds supporting the Bodu Bala Sena continued to line the streets accusing the armed forces of protecting Muslims.

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As mobs continued to attack the Muslim populace, members of the Special Task Force secured the entrances and exits to the town of Aluthgama.

;*;Police were often outnumbers by the mobs and were forced to retreat as mobs descended on Muslim settlements.;*;

Soldiers have been patrolling the area after the violence.

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After two days of intense rioting which resulted in the deaths of four people, members of the Special Task Force were given orders to remove all mobs from the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.

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In Pictures: Sri Lanka marred by religious violenceRiots by hardliner Sinhala Buddhist mobs targeting the Muslim populace have swept through the Southern coastal towns of Beruwala and Aluthgama in Sri Lanka. An alleged assault by a Muslim youth on a Buddhist monk on Thursday (12) resulted in the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist group, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), demonstrate against the Muslim population of Aluthgama on Sunday (15). In two days of rioting and looting 4 people have been killed and 80 others injured, the majority being from the Muslim community. Over 60 homes and businesses were set on fire in the two days while several Mosques were also damaged. Despite the deployment of Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force the police were unable to control the mobs who numbered in the thousands according to eye witness reports. Eventually the military was called in to restore order. The towns, which were once tourist attractions, are now under the blanket of a military curfew with many Muslim residents fearing to return to their homes. Sinhala Buddhist families in the area have taken to marking their homes with the Buddhist flag in an attempt to ensure they are not caught up in the attacks. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violenceen-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:02:12 GMTSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/3d647a19e921fa366fe92a4a4e422a00Many mosques in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala were targeted by Sinhala Buddhist mobs, who claimed there were encouraging Muslim radical groups which are a threat to Buddhism.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/3d647a19e921fa366fe92a4a4e422a00Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsMany mosques in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala were targeted by Sinhala Buddhist mobs, who claimed there were encouraging Muslim radical groups which are a threat to Buddhism.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/38c55db53753964ebf97a9ac00093301Muslim homes were broken in to by the mobs in the middle of the night. Muslim families now seek the security of the neighbours, no longer trusting that the police will provide them with the necessary protection.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/38c55db53753964ebf97a9ac00093301Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsMuslim homes were broken in to by the mobs in the middle of the night. Muslim families now seek the security of the neighbours, no longer trusting that the police will provide them with the necessary protection.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/8195ee0b94c5c62c95426877fcdf69d1The destruction of property has many Muslim residents accusing the security forces of failing to intervene on their behalf.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/8195ee0b94c5c62c95426877fcdf69d1Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsThe destruction of property has many Muslim residents accusing the security forces of failing to intervene on their behalf.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/62b29ab75ff594d7aefc838001f1c976Response time by the authorities has been described by many eyewitnesses as poor with many Muslim shops left to burn through the night.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/62b29ab75ff594d7aefc838001f1c976Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsResponse time by the authorities has been described by many eyewitnesses as poor with many Muslim shops left to burn through the night.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/1d28c7bd52b7b16ea185332ff4d4cbefBusinesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/1d28c7bd52b7b16ea185332ff4d4cbefDinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsBusinesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/94f5be3150c93146bbfa739ce31f18eeMany shopowner's life savings have been invested in their businesses. The destruction of them has left many businessmen fearing for their financial future.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/94f5be3150c93146bbfa739ce31f18eeDinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsMany shopowner's life savings have been invested in their businesses. The destruction of them has left many businessmen fearing for their financial future.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/7089e4a95b0c286472a7ae1cefcd0053Businesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/7089e4a95b0c286472a7ae1cefcd0053Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsBusinesses that served all communities in the town were not spared by the mobs who blamed the Muslims of taking away jobs from the Sinhalese.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/7f5d51dfd6487352755d1cd1ecb42ec8Overnight fighting left over 80 civilians injured. The emergency services could not reach those who had been hurt until the mobs vacated the streets the next morning.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/7f5d51dfd6487352755d1cd1ecb42ec8Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsOvernight fighting left over 80 civilians injured. The emergency services could not reach those who had been hurt until the mobs vacated the streets the next morning.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/0b3c41f477f9cc4d3d70a7fac3f585f9The inability of the police to control the mobs resulted in the government dispatching the army.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/0b3c41f477f9cc4d3d70a7fac3f585f9Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsThe inability of the police to control the mobs resulted in the government dispatching the army.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/007cb332714de2c64ff0f3114e622c4cDespite a military imposed curfew in the town of Aluthgama, crowds supporting the Bodu Bala Sena continued to line the streets accusing the armed forces of protecting Muslim fighters.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/007cb332714de2c64ff0f3114e622c4cDinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsDespite a military imposed curfew in the town of Aluthgama, crowds supporting the Bodu Bala Sena continued to line the streets accusing the armed forces of protecting Muslim fighters.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/7562e3bb39a3d9a5204f89636928553eAs mobs continued to attack the Muslim populace members of the Special Task Force secured the entrances and exits to the town of Aluthgama.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/7562e3bb39a3d9a5204f89636928553eDinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsAs mobs continued to attack the Muslim populace members of the Special Task Force secured the entrances and exits to the town of Aluthgama.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/f1b8aae5af4d19ca8ff2a715986002e0Police were often outnumbers by the mobs and were forced to retreat as mobs descended on Muslim settlements.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/f1b8aae5af4d19ca8ff2a715986002e0Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsPolice were often outnumbers by the mobs and were forced to retreat as mobs descended on Muslim settlements.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/da78c7789842d730eacabaa15166a717With reports of live gunfire soldiers resorted to wearing full body armour as they patrolled the streets of Beruwela.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/da78c7789842d730eacabaa15166a717Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsWith reports of live gunfire soldiers resorted to wearing full body armour as they patrolled the streets of Beruwela.Sri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/96facae6143af29d7fdff62b9fa02f87After two days of intense rioting which resulted in the deaths of 4 people, members of the Special Task Force were given orders to remove all mobs from the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Sri_Lanka_religion_violence/slideshow/sri-lankan-forces-take-over-riot-hit-towns/96facae6143af29d7fdff62b9fa02f87Dinouk Colombage/ Al JazeeraSri Lankan forces take over riot-hit townsAfter two days of intense rioting which resulted in the deaths of 4 people, members of the Special Task Force were given orders to remove all mobs from the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.

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