Breaking: Sri Lanka government declares state of emergency after fatal explosion

Breaking: Sri Lanka government declares state of emergency after fatal explosion

The authorities of the Sri Lankan would declare a state of emergency following a deadly bomb attack, which claimed scores of lives during Easter church worship on Sunday, April 21.

A statement from the office of Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, claimed that the president would declare the nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday, April 22, New York Times reports.

Legit.ng had reported that bomb blasts at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka killed not less than 290 people and wounded more than 500, throwing the state into into panic and mourning.

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The president's media unit, however, said measure would be confined to dealing with terrorism and would not impinge on freedom of expression.

Part of the statement read: ''The government has decided to gazette the clauses related to prevention of terrorism to emergency regulation and gazette it by midnight."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed sadness over the horrific attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the holy day of Easter.

The president made his feelings known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.

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