Sri Lanka imposes curfew in Negombo after clashes, bans social media

 THIS CONTENT WAS PUBLISHED ON MAY 5, 2019  

FILE PHOTO: A soldier stands guard outside St. Sebastian Church, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan government has reimposed a ban on social media platforms in an effort to stop the spread of rumours after violence erupted between groups of civilians in Negombo, north of the capital and site of one of the Easter Sunday bombings.

The bombings by Islamist militants, which killed more than 250 people, have raised fears that Muslims could be targets of communal violence.

A curfew has been imposed in the Negombo area until 7am local time.

(Reporting By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by David Goodman)

Editor’s note:    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Headquarters in Sri Lanka is in Negombo

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