Sri Lanka is still deeply scarred by its 1983 2009 civil war between the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and ethnic Tamil rebels, who are largely Hindu, but Buddhist Muslim violence has been relatively rare.
The group has been gaining followers and is believed to enjoy state support. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka powerful defence secretary and the president brother, once made a public appearance supporting the group cause.
He said three Muslims died in the violence. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said 51 people were hospitalized with injuries.
Sithee Hameeda, a resident of Darga Nagar, said the mob broke into her home and stole jewelry and cash while her family hid in a room.
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law and order mechanism has failed to protect innocent people, Hakeem said.
people heard it they went out of control, Gnanasara said. is natural because the people were under a lot of pressure. Minister Rauf Hakeem accused his own government of failing to protect New York Yankees Cap Back Muslims.
smoke, she said. hid in the marsh and came back only after everything was over. Everything was destroyed. We were left only with the wet clothes we were wearing. Press journalists saw dozens of shops gutted, as well as motorbikes and bicycles piled up and set on fire in the rampage. Residents said mosques were also defaced.
Lanka, a government minister said Monday. Dozens of shops were burned, homes looted and some mosques attacked in the violence Sunday night in the town of Aluthgama, local residents said.
A Sri Lankan woman holds her child and look at charred part of her house, in Aluthgama, town, 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 16, 2014. At least three Muslims were killed after a right wing Buddhist group with alleged state backing clashed with Muslims in southwestern Sri Nike Cap Snapback
Buddhists were angry over an alleged attack on the driver of a Buddhist monk.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is visiting Bolivia, promised an investigation into the violence.
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There have been few if any physical attacks on people, unlike in Myanmar, where Buddhist monks helped incite violence in 2012 and 2013 in which Buddhist mobs slaughtered Rohingya Muslims. But many Sri Lankans and human rights workers are alarmed, saying the monks are creating communal divisions and giving Buddhism a bad name.
The violence in the towns of Aluthgama, Darga Nagar and Beruwala erupted after a Sunday afternoon rally by Bodu Bala Sena. Video clips show the group general secretary, the Rev. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, telling the crowd that Muslim owned shops were in danger.
The monks leading Bodu Bala Sena have amassed a huge following in recent years, drawing thousands of fist pumping followers to rallies.
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