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Ethnic riots rock eastern Lanka

Muttur (Sri Lanka), April 18 (Reuters): Muslim and Tamil mobs clashed in eastern Sri Lanka today, witnesses said, as Cabinet ministers met to solve the latest crisis threatening the island’s peace bid ahead of a donors’ meeting set for Tokyo.

Police fired tear gas to keep the crowds apart in the eastern area of Muttur, 230 km east of Colombo, the site of increased tension between Muslims and mostly Hindu Tamils after the alleged abduction of two youths by Tamil Tiger rebels.

“It was very tense, but after today’s prayers and after a daytime curfew was imposed, things have calmed down,” said Teitur Torkelsson, a spokesman for the Nordic monitors who oversee the ceasefire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

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