A man walks out of his damaged house after a clash between two communities in Digana central district of Kandy, Sri Lanka March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Sri Lankan police said petrol bombs were hurled at a mosque Thursday as hundreds of troops patrolled a troubled central district where anti-Muslim violence has left three people dead.Police announced 85 people had been arrested for rioting in the hill district, including the leader of a radical Sinhalese Buddhist group known for agitating against Muslims.In Kuruvita, 125 kilometers south of Kandy, police said petrol bombs were lobbed at a mosque.In Weligama, 240 kilometers south of Kandy, a Muslim-owned business was attacked, police said, while Muslim establishments were pelted with stones in at least two other locations outside Kandy.Sinhalese Buddhists are the majority ethnic group in Sri Lanka, making up 75 percent of its 21 million people.
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