Sri Lanka Bans Burqas After Bomb Attacks

Sri Lanka has banned Burqas, garment that covers the entire body, with mesh over the eyes, following a series of bombs on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people and wounded more than 500.

According to a press release, the government took the decision to ban the garment worn by some Muslim women to help armed forces easily identify perpetrators.

“President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators,” the statement from the President’s office said.

The statement also called the burqas “a security risk and a flag of fundamentalism,”

While ISIS have taken responsibilities for the act, the authorities think Tawheed Jamath, a local extremist group is behind the attack.

Police have since carried out a number of raids in the eastern part of the country as they search for the attackers. In one of the raids, a shootout ensued that resulted in the death of 10 civilians, including six children, and six suspected terrorists.

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