The attacks on Muslim-owned property and mosques have not yet been contained although it has been over a week since the deadly clashes that erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwala; the most recent incident occurring in Rathmalana.
The Thayalan Bawa Jumma Masjid located in Rathmalana had been attacked by an unidentified group at about 1.30 last morning. The mosque door had been burnt using rags that were set ablaze. The Mosque trustee’s wife who had noticed the fire in time had raised an alarm. The neighbours had helped them douse the fire soon, avoiding any heavy damages to the structure.
Upon lodging a complaint with the Police, a sniffer dog had been brought to the premises in the hope of tracking the instigators. However, no arrests had been made during the time of writing under suspicion of instigating the attack.
Several politicians including government Minister A. H. M. Fowzie and opposition MP Azath Salley had visited the mosque yesterday to inquire the damages to the premises and had also spoken to the residents in the area concerning the incident.