Sri Lanka expands the emergency for the fourth month following Easter bombings

Emergency

Sri Lanka expanded a law giving emergency powers to the safety forces for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that murdered more than 250 individuals.

Security forces can interrogate suspects without court orders under the law. More than 100 individuals were detained in the crackdown initiated after the attacks claimed by the Islamic State.

President Maithripala Sirisena published instructions for the law to be extended for another month according to a notice in the Gazette.

Sirisena stated that in the official notification that the extension of the emergency rule was in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community.

Authorities say the threat of more attacks has been contained and security services have dismantled most of the network linked to the Easter bombings, but operations are still underway to find the remaining suspects.

In May, Sirisena told foreign diplomats that he planned to lift the emergency once the security situation was “99 percent” back to normal.

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