Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena banned all forms of face coverings including the burqa in the name of national security, the president's office said. "Now at this moment, you know the problem in Sri Lanka, according to the problem - face covering - at the moment, it's not good because they can't find (if) it is a man or a woman", said Nazar Mohammad, the manager of a fashion store that sells headscarves.
But there are concerns within the Muslim community that a prolonged ban could fuel tensions in the religiously-diverse nation that emerged from a civil war with ethnic minority Tamil separatists a decade ago.
Security forces searched a Muslim burial ground in Colombo Monday following information that explosives had been hidden there, but the troops did not find any, officials said.
Sri Lanka remains on high alert eight days after the attacks that targeted churches and luxury hotels.
A salesman shows a full face veil, niqab, at a shop selling various kinds of coverings worn by Muslim women in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 29, 2019.
"They (the group) were small enough that they were not using normal communications, instead meeting each other", Wickremesinghe told Reuters. In 2018, the president ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe because of an alleged assassination attempt before later reappointing him. Sri Lanka's Catholics celebrated Mass in their homes as Ranjith presided over a televised service. Fernando resigned last week.
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Lord Provost Barney Crockett, who attended last night's event, said: "Sri Lanka has had many difficulties in fairly recent years and seemed to be on a positive path and it's bad they got struck in this way".
Authorities blamed the bombings on National Thowfeek Jamaath, a Muslim militant group that previously vandalized Buddhist statues in the majority Buddhist country.
Sri Lanka's Tourism Bureau chairman, Kishu Gomes, said tourist arrivals in Colombo were expected to fall 50 percent over the next two months because of the bombings.
Meanwhile, four sources told Reuters that Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, were among 15 killed in a fierce gun battle about 23 miles (37km) away on Sri Lanka's east coast on Friday night.
Police also said Sunday that 48 suspects were arrested over the past 24 hours in connection with the Easter bombings that killed over 250 people. The Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) reportedly claimed responsibility for both attacks.
"IS falsely claimed their militants killed 17 "disbelievers" in the attack".