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Security remains tight in Sri Lanka amid warnings of more attacks

23 April 2019

Sri Lanka remained in shock on Tuesday, two days after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island. Authorities cordoned off a wider area surrounding St. Anthony's Shrine, one of the bombing sites in the capital Colombo, after a few bombs were defused in the locality the previous day.

The government said on Monday it was invoking the emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders. That would go into effect at midnight local time. There was no claim of responsibility for Sunday's attacks but suspicion was focusing on Islamist militants in the Buddhist-majority country. Investigators said seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks.