Sri Lanka bans face veil under emergency law

Sri Lankan government has banned wearing face veils in public under emergency law with immediate effect to bar covering identity. The development comes about a week after multiple suicide explosions in several churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people.

Sri Lanka bans face veil

A news release read from president’s office said, “President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators.”

Meanwhile, churches remained closed on Sunday amid fears of further attacks and Catholics stayed home and service by the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Ranjith was televised.

Ranjith said Easter Sunday’s destruction is a testing time for everyone’s hearts and the question arises whether God truly loves his children.

As a sign of unity the service was attended in person by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as former president and opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Apart from these, US Embassy and inputs from local officials warn further attacks could be imminent. In the recent police raids the authorities found a sophisticated bomb-making operation at a facility where three men blew themselves.

A news release read from president’s office said, “President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators.”

The raid was also conducted on headquarters of the Islamist group National Thawheed Jammah (NTJ), which was founded by the suspect who may have masterminded Easter Sunday explosions.

It is also believed founder Zahran Hashim could have been one of the nine suicide bombers of churches and hotels in and around Colombo.

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