Saturday, 6th March 2021

Face coverings banned for security reasons following Easter sunday attacks

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Colombo, April 30: Under new ban people are banned from face coverings under an emergency law, this is in connection to Easter Sunday bombings which killed around 253 people. The attacks were targeted at churches and top hotels. President said the ban was meant to ensure national security, by which police can easily identify people. He did not specifically mention the niqab and burka, types of facial coverings worn by Muslim women across the world.

“should not hinder the security forces in their efforts to maintain national security by wearing the face cover (Niqab).” Said a body of Islamic scholars. The government’s face-covering ban took effect Monday, days after a violent raid that was linked to the investigation of the Easter Sunday bombings.

National Thowfeek Jamaath, a Muslim militant group that previously vandalized Buddhist statues in the majority Buddhist country is being blamed for bombings by authorities. ISIS has claimed responsibility of bombings which has increased fear of further attacks. Security forces have conducted series of search operations to crack down attackers.

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