Sri Lanka steps up security for Easter services – Times of India

COLOMBO: Security was stepped up at church buildings throughout Sri Lanka forward of Easter Sunday services to protect towards a repeat of the 2019 suicide bombings that killed 279, a police spokesman mentioned.
More than 12,500 armed constables have been on responsibility outdoors near 2,000 Sri Lankan church buildings, and have been backed by army personnel.
“We have also got the help the armed forces to patrol and reinforce police units across the country,” police spokesman Deputy Inspector-General Ajith Rohana mentioned.
Sri Lanka was shaken on Easter Sunday in 2019 when three church buildings and three inns have been focused by alleged native jihadists within the largest single terror assault within the historical past of the nation.
At least 279 individuals have been killed within the assaults, and round 500 have been wounded.
On Sunday, police checked id playing cards and baggage earlier than permitting individuals to attend the morning mass at St. Sebastian’s church north of the capital Colombo, the place no less than 115 have been killed within the 2019 Easter assault.
More than 200 individuals have been arrested in reference to the bombings, however nobody has been indicted but, with the Roman Catholic Church urgent the federal government to prosecute these accountable in addition to those that failed to forestall it.
Posters calling for justice have been put up outdoors St. Sebastian’s, which was full of worshippers on Sunday.
The head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, has given the federal government a deadline of April 21 to provoke motion towards these accountable, or face nationwide protests.

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