A trustee for the mosque in Colombo, A Hameed, said that four of the seven worshippers hurt in the attack on Saturday on Masjid Deenul Islam have been hospitalized.

Police spokesman Buddika Siriwardena says two police officers were injured while trying to prevent clashes between the Buddhist mob and Muslim youth who gathered to defend the mosque.

The attack comes amid a growing anti-Muslim campaign by Buddhist nationalist groups who consider Muslims to be a threat to their political and economic well-being.

(Agencies)

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