Govt offices destroyed after Sri Lankan clashes

STORY: Military troops also patroled central Colombo, where eight torched vehicles lay partially submerged in a lake.

As the Indian Ocean nation battles its worst economic crisis in history, thousands of protesters had defied curfew to attack officials, setting ablaze homes, shops and businesses belonging to ruling party lawmakers and provincial politicians.

The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the younger brother of the prime minister, outlined broad powers for the military and police to detain and question people without arrest warrants.

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