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Sri Lanka imposes curfew after religious tension rises in Negombo
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Sri Lanka imposes curfew after religious tension rises in Negombo

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As part of control religious violence, Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew in the city of Negombo, one of the sites where the Easter Sunday bombings held. Tensions gripped Negombo on Sunday as fighting erupted between ethnic Sinhalese people and Muslims, Sri Lanka military spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu told The Associated Press news agency.

Meanwhile, State schools in Sri Lanka opened on Monday and resumed classes amid tight security. The schools were reopened after an extended Easter vacation following the suicide attacks. St Sebastian's Church in majority-Catholic Negombo was among the six sites bombed in the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 people.

"At least two motorcycles and two three-wheel taxis have been damaged in the clashes," a police officer told AFP news agency. "We declared a curfew till 7am (01:30 GMT) to contain the unrest." There were no immediate reports of casualties.