A Muslim woman reacts next to a burnt motorbike and her house after a mob attack in Kottampitiya, Sri Lanka in May [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Muslims in Sri Lanka say they fear new attacks after a top Buddhist monk called for violence against members of the religious minority claiming a Muslim doctor had sterilised thousands of Buddhist women.

Activists, politicians and members of the Muslim minority said Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero’s speech last week was likely to fan communal tensions, weeks after Buddhist mobs attacked scores of Muslim homes and businesses.

The riots were an apparent response to deadly bombings on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday that were claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group. Authorities in

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