Sri Lanka urges people to surrender long knives, swords

After ban on face veil the Sri Lankan government has now urged the public to surrender swords and large knifes.

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Since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people the investigating authorities have seized hundreds of weapons in searches.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara also called on the people to surrender camouflaged military or police uniforms at their nearest police station over the weekend.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena said Saturday about 30 people linked to the coordinated suicide bombings are still at large.

He added, “We have already identified all active members of the group and it’s a case of now arresting them.”

Sri Lankan authorities blamed two local Islamist groups for the explosions – National Thowheed Jamath and Jamatheir Millathu Ibraheem.

Investigations are still undergoing and Sirisena said agencies of eight countries are helping the authorities.

Since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people the investigating authorities have seized hundreds of weapons in searches.

Sirisena said he believes Sri Lankan security forces would restore stability before the country’s presidential elections scheduled to be held by the end of 2019.

He added, “Elections cannot be postponed, therefore before the elections I will bring about stability and I will eradicate terrorism.”

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