- Catholic churches in Sri Lanka have suspended all public services over security fears
- The church is following advise by the security agencies in the country after the Easter terror attacks which left no fewer than 359 people dead
- Over 90 people have been arrested so far and more security personnel deployed to restore calm
Catholic churches in Sri Lanka have 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 will be closed on the advice of the security forces in the country, Daily Mail reports.
While private services for burials will be conducted, no public mass will hold until further notice and as advised by the security agencies.
Security outfits in the country recently made more arrest of suspects connected with the su*icide bombings that claimed 359 lives as pressure mount on the government over its earlier intelligence failure.
The president of the country, Maithripala Sirisena, has 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 them to make more arrests as more than 90 suspects have been apprehended so far.
Brigadier Sumith Atapatty said that the army in the country has increased its officials to 6,300 as the navy and air force also upped their personnel to 2,000.
The government has been on the defensive over their intelligence failures when it was revealed that there had been an early warning of the attack on Thursday, April 11.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that Zahran Hashim, a radical Islamic cleric, who is known for posting inciting videos on Youtube, was accused of being one of the bombers who attacked the Shangri La hotel in Colombo.
It should be recalled also that Hashim once wanted to attack the Indian High Commission in the capital of Sri Lanka on Thursday, April 4, but failed.
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