Fearing a repeat of the Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels in which 253 people died, the archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, held a private Mass after cancelling all public services.
A gunbattle erupted on Friday evening during a raid on a safe house in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara district on the island's east coast, killing at least 15 people including three people with suicide vests and six children, a military spokesmkan said.
One child caught in the crossfire was admitted to hospital.
As the heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, a civilian caught in the middle got killed. When the officer approached the lane, Rizwan said, the first of several explosions rang out from the house. At least three others were wounded in the attack. One was a woman.
"Most of them have been arrested".
Following the deadly blasts, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks and subsequently released an image of eight suspected bombers.
It came hours after security forces raided a nearby property where they believe the attackers recorded a video pledge to "Islamic State" (IS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi before carrying out the Easter bombings.
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Since the attacks, many Muslims have fled their homes amid bomb scares, lockdowns and fears of a backlash against the community.
Almost 10,000 soldiers were deployed across the Indian Ocean island state to carry out searches and provide security for religious centres, the military said on Friday.
The government is on the defensive over its failure to heed a foreign intelligence warning that NTJ was planning suicide bombings on churches.
"There could be another wave of attacks", the head of ministerial security division (MSD), a unit of the police, said in a letter to lawmakers and other security sections, seen by Reuters on Monday. The role of an "international hand" could not be ruled out, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe in October over political differences, only to reinstate him weeks later under pressure from the Supreme Court.
Mr. Wickremsinghe said there is a bill pending in Parliament, which gives extra-territorial legislation to those who are linked with foreign terrorist groups, and it will be expedited.
Earlier in the day, the Justice Ministry and All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, religious body representing country's Muslim clerics, discussed draft legislation to ban the burqa in Sri Lanka. Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus.