After the deadliest Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, which killed more than 250 people, President Maithripala Sirisena announced a ban on any form of face covering in public. The President office in a statement said that the restriction which takes effect today has been imposed to ensure national security.
While churches suspended Sunday (April 28) mass, as fears of more attacks remained a week after suicide bombers killed over 250 in churches and hotels. The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, held a solemn special mass from a church adjacent to his house that was broadcast live across local television and radio.
After the sermon, the archbishop and the political leaders lit candles to commemorate the victims of the suicide bombings. High alert in Sri Lanka is continued as Intelligence agencies have warned that Easter like attacks are expected in coming days.
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