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Sri Lanka declares state of emergency amid anti-Muslim riots

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Sri Lanka has declared a 10-day state of emergency as authorities attempt to quell violent riots between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in the city of Kandy, reports The Guardian.

What's happening: The violence was reportedly set off after a group of Muslim men were accused of killing a Sinhala Buddhist in the nearby town of Digana. Buddhist hardliners responded by lighting Muslim shops on fire, killing at least one Muslim man, and defying a police curfew, prompting the government to declare the first state of emergency since the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2011.