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Many Sri Lankans flee Colombo as leaders meet to discuss crisis

Hundreds of people thronged the main bus station in the commercial capital after authorities lifted an indefinite curfew.

Sri Lankans are thronging buses in the commercial capital Colombo to return to their hometowns as leaders of political parties prepare to meet after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa quit and went into hiding on a military base.

Hundreds of people were on the move after authorities lifted an indefinite curfew at 7am (01:30 GMT) on Thursday. The curfew will be reimposed at 2 pm (08:30 GMT).

The island nation, battling its worst economic crisis since independence, was gripped by violence earlier this week after supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked an anti-government protest camp in Colombo on Monday.

In total, nine people were killed and more than 300 injured during the clashes, police said.

Days of violent reprisals against government figures aligned to the powerful Rajapaksa clan followed as protesters vowed to maintain pressure

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