Muslim voters attacked as Sri Lanka elects president

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Published November 16, 2019, 3:16 PM

By the Associated Press

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— Muslim voters traveling by bus to polling stations in northern Sri Lanka were attacked by gunfire and stones and blocked by burning tires hours before polls opened in presidential elections Saturday, in what a member of the Elections Commission called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group.

Sri Lankans queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election Saturday after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena/ MANILA BULLETIN)

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