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Sri Lankan mosque forced to abandon prayers by Buddhists protesters

Colombo, Sat, 21 Apr 2012 ANI

Colombo, Apr 21 (ANI): A mosque in Sri Lanka was forced to abandon its Friday prayers after a group of Buddhists, including monks, held a demonstration demanding its demolition.

A mosque official said that he and several dozen companions were trapped inside and feared the crowd would destroy the building, located in the central town of Dambulla.

According to The BBC, the mosque had been targeted by a fire-bombing incident overnight, but no-one was hurt.

Shortly after the protest carried out by a group of nearly 2000 Buddhists, the mosque was evacuated and its Friday prayers were cancelled.

Many Buddhists in Sri Lanka regard Dambulla as a sacred town and in recent months there had been other sectarian tensions in this part of the country.

Last year, a monk led a crowd to demolish a Muslim shrine in Anuradhapura, near Dambulla. (ANI)

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