Tense situation has been reported in Panadura as reports emerge of people stoning houses. Police and STF have been deployed
Panic situ in Thottawatte and Sarikamulla STF and Police have been deployed in the area
Some unidentified persons who had arrived in Thotawatte Panadura has attacked 2 house n dissapared on being confronted by residents#lka
Updates from Twitter- 11am, 21st June
The Muslim-owned "No Limit" stores' outlet in Panadura was attacked in the early hours of this morning, possibly with petrol bombs. Fortunately nobody appears to have been hurt but the store is in flames. Four fire brigade trucks are currently attempting to douse the fire.
The Daily Mirror has reported that the fire may have been caused by an electrical fault. However employees, who were sleeping in the staff quarters, and neighbours have both apparently said they heard 10 explosions from the store.
Recent updates from Twitter reproduced verbatim below, images & tweets from Rifas M Kaleel, Dinouk Colombage and Navamani:
This motorcycle was burnt outside the store, GM of store asks how could internal electrical fire cause this.
STF keeping agitated crowd yelling police 2 arrest those responsible over burning of No Limit store
Crowd building outside burn No Limit store. Police trying to clear them away
Employees, who were sleeping in the staff quarters, and neighbours have both said they heard 10 explosions from the store
General Manager of the store says 4 employees were sleeping in staff quarters at the time of the fire. No injuries reported.
Police believe petrol bombs may have been used to start the fire.
CcTV cameras outside are undamaged, however, police believe main tapes inside are destroyed.
Retired policeman, who lives next to the store, claims several explosions took place beginning at 2.30am.
Armed soldiers are now joining the STF to "maintain the peace" in Panadura.
Witnesses say several men were seen fleeing from the direction of the store shortly before the fire. Police say they have no suspects.
Armored STF being dispatched around the town of Panadura to ensure no further issues arise.