Sri Lankan Mosque to be Moved After Protests

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A 50-year-old mosque will be moved in Sri Lanka after protests by Buddhist monks.

Last week, the mosque, Masjid Al-Khair was forced to abandon Friday prayers amid community tensions in the central town of Dambulla, BBC reported.

About 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, marched to the mosque and held a demonstration demanding its demolition.

The BBC also reported that a mosque official said he and several dozen companions were trapped inside and feared the crowd would destroy the building.

Overnight the mosque had been targeted by a fire-bombing – no-one was hurt.

 The mosque will be relocated even though Muslims in the still argue regular prayers have taken place there for 30 years.

The monks argued the mosque was illegally built in a Buddhist area.

About 70 percent of Sri Lankans are Buddhist.

Read More:

  • Sri Lanka orders mosque move after Buddhist protest (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister promises to remove the disputed mosque (Colombo Page)