Sri Lanka bans burqa attire after bomb attacks claim 250 lives

Sri Lanka bans burqa attire after bomb attacks claim 250 lives

Following bomb attacks on Easter Sunday, 21 April that killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 in Sri Lankan churches and hotels, the country's president, Maithripala Sirisena, has banned the wearing of burqas.

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The decision was said to have been taken to support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify any wanted perpetrators, CNN reports.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the ban goes into effect today, Monday, 29 April.

The press release read: "President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators."

A burqa, which is worn by Muslim women, is a garment that covers the entire body, with mesh over the eyes.

Sri Lanka bans burqas for 'public protection' after bomb attacks

Women in burqas

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Catholic churches in Sri Lanka put all public services on suspension over security fears as whereabouts of several suspects remain unknown over the Easter terror attacks.

A senior Catholic priest said all the churches would be closed on the advice of the security forces in the country.

While private services for burials would be conducted, no public mass would be held until further notice and as advised by the security agencies.

Security outfits in the country recently made more arrests of suspects connected with the suicide bombings that claimed 359 lives as pressure mounted on the government over its earlier intelligence failure.

The president of the country, Maithripala Sirisena, asked the police chief and defence ministry head to step down, but neither has done so.

Security forces have also been using the new powers granted to them to make more arrests as more than 90 suspects was apprehended.

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Brigadier Sumith Atapatty said that the army in the country had increased its officials to 6,300 as the navy and air force also upped their personnel to 2,000.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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