State of emergency declared in Sri Lanka after Buddhist-Muslim clash

Last Updated: Mar 06 2018 15:30

COLOMBO- A government spokesman on Tuesday said that Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency for 10 days to strap in the spread of communal violence a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island's central district of Kandy.

"At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country," the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters. "It was also decided to take stern action against people who are instigating violence through Facebook," he added, referring to postings on social media.