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Pakistani refugee murdered in Negombo

A Pakistani refugee was found hacked to death in Dalupotha, Negombo. 

The victim was 50-year old Mohammedi Yabi who arrived in Sri Lanka six months ago. An inquiry into his death has been launched by the magistrate but there have been no arrests so far.

According to the New York Times, Pakistani Muslim refugees are "easy targets" because they speak in a different language and look slightly different.

The Pakistani refugee community in Sri Lanka is known as the  Ahmadiyya community, which is a small sect of Islam which other Muslim groups consider heretic. They have suffered a long history of persecution.

The Sri Lankan government initially permitted Pakistani refugees whilst longer-term resettlement plans were being worked out however they have faced an increasing backlash since the Sunday Easter bombing which claimed the lives of over 250 lives.

Read the Colombo Page's reporting here and the New York Times' piece here



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