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Buddhist Sinhalese account for about 70% and ethnic Tamils, most of whom are Hindus, about 13%.

Kandy/Colombo: Sri Lankan police said they were investigating whether 10 suspected ringleaders of a wave of attacks on Muslims by Sinhalese Buddhists had outside funding or foreign help.

He drew similarity to state that "It is precisely these conditions culminating in periodic anti-Tamil pogroms, which ultimately led to the three-decade long civil war, the effects of which the country is still struggling to overcome".

A Sri Lankan soldier guards a mosque in Colombo on Friday amid fears that anti-Muslim riots in the central region of Kandy could spread to other areas of the island.

The announcement came after police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said yesterday that curfew will not be imposed in Kandy as situation has been peaceful.

Authorities have also blocked internet access across the famous tourist district and disrupted Facebook and messaging platforms after police said they were used to instigate communal violence.

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In 2014, violence directed against Muslim minority groups broke out in the southwestern town of Aluthgama, following a rally by hardline Buddhist nationalist monks, resulting in the death of at least three Muslims.

The committee will also recommend steps that need to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future, and look into the conduct of relevant authorities in controlling the situation and their accountability, the report said, adding that the retired judges will be named later.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) said the decision to continue the suspension was made at the request of the Ministry of Defence.

President Maithripala Sirisena toured Kandy on Wednesday and ordered security forces to use the full force of the law against troublemakers.

"Finally, the worldwide community has to impress upon Sri Lanka in no uncertain terms that the country will never achieve its full potential without settling its ethnic and religious differences in a peaceful and just manner". Tensions escalated when the body of a Muslim man was found in a burnt out building in the Kandy district on Tuesday.

"Anamaduwe Muslim restaurant was attacked at 4 am (local time) this morning", the Colombo Telegraph reported. Last November riots in the south of the island left one man dead and homes and vehicles damaged.