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Sri Lanka to invoke emergency laws to deal with Easter bombers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will invoke provision in emergency laws to battle radical group responsible for a series of bombings that left about 300 people including at least 30 foreigners dead, the office of the President said.

A decision was taken following a meeting of the National Security Council Tuesday morning to issue by gazette provisions in emergency laws dealing with terrorism, the statement said.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said a formal decision on invoking emergency laws will be taken when the Cabinet of Ministers meets later today.

Emergency laws allow authorities to arrest and hold suspects for longer periods. Sri Lanka scrapped emergency laws after a 30-year war ended in 2009.

A radicalized group calling itself NTJ had carried out bombings, Senaratne told reporters. (Colombo/Apr22/2019-SB)

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