'Sri Lanka has blocked access to some social media networks and messaging platforms amid a rise in acts of violence targeting Muslims following a series of bloody bombings that hit hotels and churches in the country on Easter.
The Sri Lankan government said on Monday that it was temporarily blocking social media services and messaging applications, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after a spate of attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned businesses.
The country’s leading mobile phone operator Dialog also said on Twitter that it had been instructed to block the apps Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and Youtube until further notice.
Reuters cited sources as saying that several dozen people stoned mosques and shops owned by Muslims on Sunday, while a Muslim man was beaten in the Christian-populated town of Chilaw amid a dispute that broke out on Facebook.
A number of arrests were also made on Sunday and Monday in connection with the anti-Muslim assaults.
A curfew had been imposed overnight in the Christian-majority areas to “control the situation,” according to the police.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said several mosques and Muslim homes had been damaged in the attacks, which security experts say bear the hallmarks of the Takfiri Daesh and al-Qaeda terror groups.
There has been a rise in such acts of violence since April 21, when coordinated bomb attacks hit churches and luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and two other cities, killing at least 253 people.
In the aftermath of the deadly blasts in Sri Lanka, Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints from across the island country about people from the community being harassed at workplaces, including government offices, hospitals and in public transport.'
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