May 21, 2017

We condemn attacks on mosques - America

America has expressed hope that the Sri Lankan government would take measures to stop the attacks on Muslim religious establishments immediately.

In a twitter message American Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has said attacks on any religious establishment should be condemned. 

He said this in response to the attack on Sunday morning (21) targeting a Jumma mosque in Maligapitiya, Kurunegala.

Police are currently engaged in investigations into the attack.

Ambassador Keshap pointed out that within this week three mosques were attacked and expressed hope that the Sri Lankan authorities will take measures to arrest those responsible for these attacks and punish them.

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American Ambassador Atul Keshap’s twitter message

Muslim representatives within the government have warned that stern action will be taken if proper measures are not taken to address the communal attacks targeting several mosques and businesses recently.

UNP-MP Mujubar Rahuman had told BBC Sinhala Service that all Muslim MP’s had decided to write to the President urging him to take measures to stop these racial attacks, at a meeting held at Posts and Muslim Affairs Minister Abdul Haleem’s office.
He said the Muslim MP’s had unanimously decided to sit as a separate group in parliament in the event the government fails to take action to stop these attacks.

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The petrol bomb attack targeting the Kurunegala, Maligapitiya Jumma mosque

Recently the grave site of an Islam saint in Galle had been damaged by a group of persons while mosques and business establishments in Elpitiya, Panadura, Akuressa and several other areas too had been attacked during the past few weeks.

However there is no record of anyone being held accountable or arrested so far over these attacks.