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Govt. Orders Rebuilding Of Mosque

Sep 19, 2011 9:51:46 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The government has ordered the rebuilding of the Muslim mosque inAnuradhapurathat was razed to0 the ground by a group led by Buddhist monks.

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the rebuilding of the mosque following a discussion today with the Sri Lanka Muslim Council.

The mosque was demolished by a group of monks who claimed it was built on a land belonging to the Buddhists some 2,000 years ago. The Muslims meanwhile have claimed the mosque was one and a half centuries old.

N.M. Ameen from the Sri Lanka Muslim Council has told the media that the Defence Secretary had given other directives on behalf of Muslims, including a guarantee that there would not be any interference in a Muslim ritual of animal sacrifice due to take place at a forthcoming festival as well.