COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union says it is very alarmed by the violence perpetrated against Muslims in Sri Lanka in which three people were killed and more than 50 wounded.

The EU delegation in Colombo issued a statement that urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld.

“We call on all Sri Lankans to exercise restraint, respect diversity and refrain from violence, working together to achieve reconciliation,” it said.

Hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes and businesses in attacks in several Muslim towns in southwestern Sri Lanka. The attacks on Sunday evening were led by a mob from Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails against the country’s Muslim minority.