SRI LANKA PROBES MUSLIM STORE FIRE

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COLOMBO: A fire on Saturday destroyed a Muslim-owned clothing store in a district of Sri Lanka where religious tensions have been heightened, after anti-Muslim riots killed four people and wounded 80. Sri Lankan police were investigating the cause of the blaze which Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem, the most senior Muslim in President Mahinda Rajapakse’s cabinet, described as an arson attack. He said the fire at the “No Limit” clothing store in Panadura, 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of the capital Colombo, was the latest attack against Muslims, who account for about 10 percent of the 20 million population in the mainly-Buddhist country. Hakeem blamed the government for failing to control a hardline Buddhist group widely blamed for riots on Sunday and Monday.

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