Sri Lanka limps to normalcy amid fresh night curfew in some areas May 16, 2019 0 404 12345 AFPColomboSri Lanka’s police arrested over 100 suspects and reimposed night curfews in violence-prone areas Wednesday after anti-Muslim riots left one man dead and caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and mosques.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said 78 people arrested in the worst-affected North-Western Province (NWP) were remanded in custody Wednesday, while the rest were detained after a manhunt in other areas.Some 5,500 additional police were deployed in NWP to contain the violence that claimed the life of a Muslim man on Monday. Scores of private homes, Muslim-owned shops and businesses were destroyed, while several mosques were also vandalised.Muslims in Sri Lanka have been bracing for revenge attacks since three churches and three luxury hotels were bombed by local Islamist extremists on April 21, killing 258 people.Gunasekera said a night curfew was being reimposed in NWP, just north of the capital, as well as the adjoining Gampaha district, which shares a border with Colombo, as a measure to “maintain peace”.However, a top police source said there will be no curfews elsewhere in the country. The entire country was under night curfews for two straight days after the violence escalated. The night curfew on Tuesday ensured there was no repeat of Monday’s violence against Muslims, who make up some 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million.“The situation is now totally under control,” said military spokesman Sumith Atapattu.“There were no incidents of violence overnight and we are arresting groups of people responsible for taking part in mob attacks.” Official sources said police deployed special teams to review CCTV camera footage to identify the perpetrators and carry out more arrests. More police and army units were seen deployed in the troubled areas as the authorities lifted the nationwide curfew on Wednesday morning.But Muslims in NWP remained nervous and stayed indoors Wednesday, after sword-wielding rioters killed one man late Monday while vandalising scores of shops and mosques.In Bingiriya, where some 2,000 people went on the rampage, Muslim cleric M.I.M. Siddeeque said the community was worried.“Our people are still afraid to go out,” he said by telephone. Government spokesman Navin Dissanayake said the authorities had identified the leaders of the mobs and they were already in police custody.Despite the extraordinary security measures, the minorities felt insecure, said Dissanayake, who is also a government minister. RELATED ARTICLES Alleged Rohingya traffickers shot by Bangladesh police May 16, 2019 0 397 Clashes in Indian state of Kolkata spark election row May 16, 2019 0 935 German girl of Pakistani parents disappears in Islamabad May 16, 2019 0 1006 Kabul election results announced almost 7 months after election dpa Kabul Nine women are among 33 lawmakers who will represent Kabul in parliament, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday, announcing the final results of the elections that took place .. ‘People are dying’: UN official urges aid access for Myanmar’s Rakhine state YANGON: A UN official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last .. Five suspected communist rebels die in clash with Philippine troops dpa Manila Five suspected communist rebels were killed in a firefight with government troops in the central Philippines on Wednesday, a military spokeswoman said. Three soldiers were also injured in the clash in .. Search on for 11 Niger soldiers missing after ambush killed 17 AFP Niamey A search was under way Wednesday for 11 Niger soldiers missing since an ambush by armed men the day before left 17 of their colleagues dead and several injured, security sources said. A military patrol was ..