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Muslim man arrested over Buddha statue damage

A Muslim man was arrestedin Hingula, Mawanella today accused of vandalising a Buddha statue.  

The suspect, Mohammed Ashfar, is to be produced in court, police said, adding that another man was also involved in the attack. 

The incident is part of a series of attacks on Buddhist places of worship in Mawanella. 

The attacks have been condemned by Minister Kabir Hashim. 

"As soon as I heard the recent attacks, I instructed the police to investigate and arrest those responsible. The two suspects have been apprehended by the authorities and will be subject to the full extent of the law," he said.