Grenade blast kills one in Sri Lanka communal violence, social media blocked

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – A grenade blast killed one person in further violence between majority Buddhist Sinhalese and minority Muslims in Sri Lanka yesterday as the government moved to block social messaging networks in an effort to halt the bloodshed.

The South Asian country has been rocked by communal clashes in its central highlands since Sunday following attacks on Muslims by nationalist Sinhalese crowds.

Communal tensions have grown over the past year with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. Muslim groups deny these allegations.

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