Tuesday, 21st September 2021

Government tightens control over mosques following Easter attacks

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo, May 10: In view of Easter Sunday attacks which rocked the nation killing 258 people government has now decided to tighten grip over mosques and has ordered mosques to submit copies of sermons.

The churches and posh hotels were targeted by jihadist bombers which killed 258 and injured over 500 people. The Ministry of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs said mosques must not be used for radicalising congregations.

The ministry added “In view of the prevailing situation in the country, the ministry directs all trustees of mosques not to engage in or permit any gathering to promote or propagate hatred or extremism in any form.” It said all mosques must submit copies of sermons given within their premises.

Since the attacks, the government has carried out raids across the country and killed several suspected radicals. At least 56 suspects are in custody, according to police, while authorities have also expelled 200 foreign clerics who had overstayed their visas. The country has been on state of emergency and security agencies have been actively cracking down terror network. As per authorities all bombers are killed or arrested.

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