Sri Lanka: Emergency regulations came into force
The forces in Sri Lanka are given more powers after the attacks on Easter Sunday. The UN Security Council speaks of "cowardly terrorist attacks".
In Sri Lanka, emergency regulations came into force after the devastating suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels. President Maithripala Sirisena imposed them in order to preserve public safety and order, and to ensure the supply of goods and services to citizens, a statement by the President said. The regulations give security authorities extended powers, such as searches and detention of persons.
The explosions in eight places killed at least 290 people on Easter Sunday, there were more than 500 injured. Among the more than 30 foreigners killed is a German-American, as the Foreign Office announced. The attacks were in the government's assessment on the account of a local radical Islamic group. The government is convinced, however, that the suspected group National Thowheeth Jama'ath can have perpetrated the attacks only with the support of an international network, a spokesman said.
President Sirisena summoned a three-person team to investigate the strike series. The panel will present a first report in two weeks. The international police organization Interpol announced the dispatch of a team of experts.
The UN Security Council condemned the bombings. These are "vile and cowardly terrorist attacks," it said in a statement by the highest UN body. The Security Council also expressed its sympathy. The perpetrators would have to be held accountable. UN Secretary-General António Guterres also condoled members of the victims and the Government of Sri Lanka, a spokesperson said. For Wednesday, the United Nations Mission Sri Lanka is planning a memorial service with diplomats at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
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