Sri Lanka's North Western province descended into unbridled violence today, as Sinhalese mobs attacked several mosques, set ablaze shops and stoned Muslim homes in the Kurungela District.
"Mobs had attacked him with sharp weapons at his carpentry workshop", a police official told the AFP news agency. "Security forces are assisting police who have been ordered to use maximum force to contain the violence".
Incidents were also reported in the town of Hettipola, where at least three shops were reportedly torched.
Police said they fired in the air and used tear gas at several places to deter people attempting to attack mosques.
The unrest was concentrated in three districts north of the capital, but a night curfew was imposed across the country to prevent the spread of violence, police said.
Tensions have been high since Islamist militants attacked churches and hotels three weeks ago on Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.
Muslims constitute some 10% of Sri Lanka's 22 million people; Christians make up around 7.5% of the population.
"The navigation of any unmanned aircraft or drone in or over the territory of Sri Lanka by any person other than a member of Triforces or police is prohibited until further notice", another Gazette notification said.
On Monday, the Sri Lanka government blocked social media across the country.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were carried out by radicalised local Muslims.
"It is alarming to see reports that those suspected to be involved in the March 2018 anti-Muslim violence may have been involved in these recent attacks as well", she said.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said late on Monday he had given powers to the security forces to take strong action against those responsible for anti-Muslim violence.
Tuesday marks the second day of the revenge attacks.
Then the crowd surged into the mosque and ransacked it, the witness said.
The interior of a vandalised shop after sectarian clashes in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, on May 14, 2019.
Dozens of people have been detained since the Easter attacks, and with security heightened students are only allowed into schools after checks for explosives.
But attendance has been extremely low, according to education authorities.