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Sri Lanka orders mobile internet restriction in anti-Muslim violence hit region

In an unexplained move, Sri Lanka's Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission has ordered service providers to block mobile internet access in the violence struck region of Kandy. 

Earlier today, Sri Lanka’s largest mobile internet provider, in a tweet that has now been deleted, announced that mobile internet access had been restricted in the region following orders from the Commission.

The news comes has reports of further anti-Muslim violence in the region emerged over night.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that the government has asked service providers to block social messaging networks.

“The director general of will inform all subscribers about blocking Facebook, Viber and Whatsapp for 72 hours,” a TRC official said.

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