Sri Lanka lifts curfew on Monday after Easter bombings

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has lifted a curfew with immediate effect Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said Monday morning.

State Minister for Transport Ashok Abeysinghe told local TV trains and state bus companies were asked to operate as soon as curfew was lifted. Though schools and universities are closed, other state offices willl open, he said.

Sri Lanka imposed curfew after a series of explosions by a suspected extremist group rocked the capital killing more than 200 and injuring over 400 on Easter Day.

Police had arrested 13 and also taken into custody a van which was suspected to have ferried the bombers to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo along with its driver, 

State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said the bombings were carried out by an extremist group but he was not naming it or suspects to avoid any communal violence.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said there had been some prior information on impending attacks but the he and the cabinet had not been fully informed.

 

(Colombo, April 22, 2019-SB)

 

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