Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

A 10-day state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka after sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the Kandy region left a man dead, government officials said.

Soldiers and police were upholding a curfew in Kandy after mobs set fire to shops and a mosque – resulting in the body of a Muslim man being found in the ashes of a burnt building.

President Maithripala Sirisena made the declaration, saying security services had been empowered to deal with “criminal elements” and to restore normality on the island.