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* Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after suicide bombings
Fri, Aug 23, 2019, 08:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter Sunday suicide bombings by extremists, officials said Friday (Aug 23).

President Maithripala Sirisena declared the state of emergency on April 22, after multiple terror attacks in the country on Easter Sunday killed nearly 260 people and injured over 500.

Sri Lanka President's office has confirmed that President Sirisena had not extended it for another term and thereby allowed the emergency to end on Thursday.

"The president did not issue a fresh proclamation extending the emergency by a further period," AFP said quoting an official source.

The official government printer also confirmed that there was no notification re-imposing the state of emergency, which gives sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.

Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister both have said earlier that 99 percent of the Islamic militants liked to the suicide bombing are either arrested or were killed in the attacks.

However, the army will continue to assist police for internal security, military spokesman Sumith Atapattu told Reuters.

 

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