Sri Lanka blocks social media platforms after Sinhalese-Muslim clashes

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Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew in the city of Negombo, site of one of the Easter Sunday bombings, to contain religious violence.

Some 257 people were killed in a string of suicide bombings against three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21.

The Rev. Edmond Tilakaratne, spokesman for the archdiocese of Colombo, said Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith made the decision based on reports from security officials.

On Monday evening, the police said the situation was "totally under control".

The coastal town, among the targets on April 21, lost over a 100 people in the blast at its St. Sebastian's church.

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The ban may reportedly be linked to a recent incident in Negombo.

In another televised appeal, Ranjith appealed to Christians, Buddhists and Muslims to show restraint.

The role played by the family in the devastating attacks that killed at least 250 people was one of several new details about the plot that emerged Wednesday, as Sri Lanka continued to bury its dead and investigators raced to understand whether the perpetrators had received help from overseas.

The majority of people killed in the attacks were Sri Lankans, but dozens of foreign nationals, including British and Indian citizens, were also among the victims.

A 30-year-old Sri Lankan national was arrested in Kerala today (Sunday) for not possessing valid travel documents, police said.

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The Daily Mirror reported that a heated argument between two parties over an accident involving two motorcycles and a trishaw on Poruthota Road along the Negombo coastal stretch in Kochchikade on Sunday evening, developed into a clash.

"Although we have arrested only two suspects at the moment, many more have been identified and we will go after them".

"At least two motorcycles and two three-wheel taxis have been damaged in the clashes", the police officer told AFP.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement the government will compensate those who lost property.

Following clashes on Sunday night, a police curfew was abruptly imposed as authorities feared overnight escalation of violence.

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He suggested that negligence in security matters was the reason Sri Lanka was attacked. Sirisena also warned it may be possible Daesh had launched a "new strategy" by targeting smaller countries, Sky News said on Wednesday.

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