Curfew reimposed in Negembo, Sri Lanka

08 May, 2019, 11:31 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Almost two weeks after a series of eight coordinated attacks ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, the Army chief of the island nation stated that some suspected terrorists who carried out the serial blasts had visited Kashmir and Kerala in India to seek training.

More than 100 people died at Negombo's St. Sebastian church, the highest number of casualties in the 21 April attacks.

The police said a house was also damaged during the violence in Negombo, one of the targets of the April 21 attacks in which over 250 people were killed and hundreds injured.

"The death toll slowly increased because there were some in-hospital deaths. People are enjoying peace and they neglected security".

Reports inform that the details of the attackers and their relatives linked to the bombings was released by the police on May 1.

The Roman Catholic Church appealed for calm and urged Christians not to carry our revenge attacks against Muslims.

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That afternoon as police entered the family residence, officials said, his daughter-in-law detonated explosives, killing herself and three officers.

"I have decided not to send my son to school until the country returns to normal", said Sujeeva Dissanayake, whose son goes to the state-run Asoka College in Colombo.

Despite the tight security, Catholic churches will remain shut on Sunday, a spokesman said, adding that a private mass will be telecast live from the residence of the Archbishop. "But we should keep in mind that the threat has not been completely neutralised because it is an issue of global terrorism".

Investigators from eight countries, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, are helping Sri Lanka with the investigation.

The minister did not give the nationalities of those who have been expelled, but police have said many foreigners who have overstayed their visas were from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan. On Sunday, clashes between ethnic Sinhalese and Muslims took place there, and a curfew was imposed in the area.

The government blocked access to WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms for several hours to prevent what it called the spread of rumours and videos aimed at instigating unrest. The block was lifted early Monday.

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