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Sinhala mob damages Muslim shops and mosque in Amparai

Several Muslim shops and a mosque were damaged during an attack by a Sinhala mob in Amparai on Monday evening. 

The police have been deployed to Amparai town following the incident, which comes just days after the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa swept the polls in the local government elections. 

During his presidency there were a series of attacks by Sinhala mobs targetting Muslim businesses, homes and mosques.

Despite being electing on a pledge to end impunity, the current unity government has failed to take action to ensure past perpetraters are held to account.

“The government has the sole responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens irrespective of religious belief, caste or ethnicity,” the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said in a statement.

“This form of mob violence is continuing to grow and Muslim business establishments are targeted.”