A Mosque (Masjid) in Grandpass came under an attack late this evening, the police said.Reports from the area said that some houses were also attacked and a tense situation had developed. Area residents said that a mob of over 100 people took part in the attack. Police spokesman SP Budhika Siriwardena said that the police has been deployed to investigate the incident. The Colombo National hospital said that 3 people including 2 policemen were admitted to hospital following the incident.Last month a group of monks had protested against the mosque at Swarna Chaitiya road and demanded that it be relocated. The religious leaders had then agreed to relocate the mosque within one month. (Colombo Gazette)
According to reports, two separate bombings killed and injured up to 100 people, including women and children, in the Syrian city of Al-Hasakah, in the country’s northeast, as revellers celebrated Nowruz – a holiday marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Initial reports also link the attacks to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has been operational in the region.“These heinous attacks took place during a holiday that is customarily a time for Kurdish communities to come together to share their hopes for the new year,” the statement declared. “The terrorist organization’s despicable agenda includes efforts to incite sectarian and ethnic division among Syria’s diverse communities. It must not be allowed to succeed.” In the statement, released late yesterday evening, the Secretary-General also extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. “The Secretary-General reiterates his condemnation of all acts of violence against civilians in Syria, and his demand that all sides in this brutal conflict stop the use of indiscriminate weapons in populated areas,” it concluded.