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Wayamba calm after two days of violence

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The regions of the North Western Province where communal violence spread rapidly over the last two days is calm today.

Brigadier Sumith Atapattu the Army spokesman told RepublicNext that many people suspected of violence had been arrested.

Police are conducting investigations to see whether there are any of the attackers are still at large, he added.

The curfew in Wayamba was lifted at 4.pm and re-imposed at 6 pm giving residents a two-hour window to get supplies.

The curfew in the Gampaha police area will be from 7 pm to 6 am and in the rest of the country from 9 pm to 4 am.

The Police and Armed Forces are not reporting any untoward incidents right now.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam visited Kuliyapitiya and Hettipola today.

Those two regions experienced the most violence in this period.

The situation was calmed down by the Security Forces cracking down on the mobs that roamed towns and villages attacking Muslim homes and businesses.

The security forces actions came after the government made a series of decision.

The Cabinet of Ministers met last evening and decided to impose a countrywide curfew and ask the police and armed forces to act independently, well-placed sources told RepublicNext.

As President Maithripala Sirisena is out of the country the meeting cannot be called a formal Cabinet meeting, but the decisions taken there were implemented according to these sources.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Immediately afterward Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake and the Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickremeratne made statements warning the rioters that they would be dealt with sternly.

Wickremesinghe then addressed the nation around 8:45 pm calling for calm and asking for assistance to the Security forces to deal with the rioting.

These sources are saying that United National Front Members of Parliament are being asked not to interfere with police actions and also avoid speaking to the Media or holding press conferences.

The violence which broke out on Sunday has claimed at least one life and caused considerable damage to property.