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'Muslim extremism' should be investigated too - Sri Lankan state minister

Sri Lanka's state minister, Harsha De Silva on Friday urged the government to investigate what he described as 'communal clashes', calling for 'Muslim extremism' to be investigated too. 

"We need to expose the extremist groups behind these series of communal clashes. Muslim extremism should also be investigated," Mr Silva told parliament, calling for a presidential commission to be set up. 

Explaining the social media prohibition instituted by the government, Mr Silva said, "Social media is an ideal platform for extremists to spread disinformation. It is done through bots and trolls. We managed to neutralise the tense situation in Kandy by stemming the spread of false news and rumours."