Security Clampdown as Emergency Regulations invoked

Emergency Regulations pertaining to the suppression of terrorism will be brought into force at midnight tonight, a press release from the Presidential Secretariat said.

The release added that the purpose was to give necessary powers to the Armed Forces and police to deal with terrorism.

“It was decided that no effort will be spared to eradicate the organisations and persons who aided and abetted these acts of terror,” the release added.

As there are indications that the terrorists who carried out these attacks had foreign connections, the cooperation of international Law Enforcement organisations will be sought, the announcement said.

This decision was arrived at a meeting of the National Security Council held this morning chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Meanwhile the Secretary Defence  Hemasiri Fernando says the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States and Interpol are already working with the government.

The NSC also decided to declare tomorrow a day of mourning for the people who died in Sunday’s widespread bombings.

The NSC also decided to provide tight security to Christian Churches particularly the institutions that were hit on Sunday.

Police believe that all three Churches were attacked by suicide bombers.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunesekara said that the death toll has now risen to 290 in the six places that were attacked, They are the three Churches, St Anthony’s Kochchikade, St Sebestian’s Katana and Zion Church in Batticoloa and the three hotels in Colombo the Shangri La, the Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand.

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Around 24 suspects have been arrested by Police in connection with the blasts, Gunesekara added.

A police curfew will be imposed from 8pm tonight until 4am tomorrow throughout the country.

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