Sri Lanka government extends State of Emergency by a month


President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, on Wednesday announced that the state of emergency has been extended by a month, this was imposed immediately after the Easter Sunday Islamist bombings that killed 258 people.

He issued a proclamation saying that the emergency, which gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods of time, would continue for another 30 days, citing “public security”.

Sri Lanka initially imposed the emergency to crack down on local jihadists blamed for the April 21 bombings that targeted three churches and three luxury hotels.


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