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Sri Lankan Muslims condemn attacks on Buddhists

Oct 3, 2012 14:55 IST

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Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's minority Muslims condemned attacks on minority Buddhists in the Muslim-majority Bangladesh and demanded that authorities there punish those responsible.

NM Ameen, president of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, an umbrella organization of over 100 Muslim civil society groups, said Wednesday that any ethnic incident against minorities in Bangladesh or any other South Asian country "is surely to reflect in our country Sri Lanka too."

Bangladeshi Buddhists. Reuters.

He said his group handed over a letter to Bangladesh's top diplomat in Sri Lanka, asking the country to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi Buddhists.

About 7 percent of Sri Lanka's 20 million people are Muslims, and 74 percent are mostly Buddhist Sinhalese.

AP