Sri Lanka: Police searching 140 suspects; Sirisena urges people to avoid visiting churches, mosques fearing more attacks

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said on Friday the police are looking after some 140 suspects believed to have a connection with the ISIS (Islamic State) terror organization, which has claimed the responsibility of eight consecutive suicide bombing attacks in Sri Lanka over four churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday.

People of Sri Lanka were thoroughly urged to do prayers inside their homes on Friday, and not to attend any churches or mosques after the country was on high alert after warnings of possible another car bombing attacks.

According to Reuters news reports, the United States embassy in Sri Lanka has also urged its people to avoid visiting places of worships in the upcoming weekend after received warnings there could be another attack on the country’s religious centres.

Sri Lanka still remains over the edge after 8 terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday that has claimed the lives of more than 500 people.

The military said on Friday nearly 10,000 police personnel have been deployed in the country in order to carry out investigation and searches, and provide security for all religious centres.

Sri Lanka’s main Islamic religious body, the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ullama has urged Muslims to do prayers at home in case “there is a need to protect family and properties”.


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