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Sri Lanka on Sunday issued an emergency ban on face coverings for Muslim women in the wake of the Sri Lanka bombings last week that left over 250 people dead and scores more injured.
The temporary measure was ordered by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, and bans all types of face coverings that could hide someone's identity. The law will go into effect on Monday, the president's office announced in a statement.
"The ban is to ensure national security … no one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult," the statement said.
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"Kieran was just a foot in the wrong direction," Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa's father told NBC News.
While most of the country is Buddhist - around 70 percent - Muslims make up about 10 percent of the 21 million population. Christians and Hindus make up 7 and 13 percent of the population respectively, according to the New York Times.
Some Muslim women cover their faces with burqas or niqabs as part of their religious observance. Member of Parliament Ashu Marasinghe proposed a ban on burqas last week, claiming that the garb is not "traditional" Muslim attire in the country and has been used by terrorists to hide their identities.
Sri Lanka's top Muslim body last week advised women to stop wearing the religious garb in the interest of national security.
"We strongly appeal to our sisters to be mindful of the critical emergency situation now prevalent in our country and the difficulties faced by security officers in performing their functions in situations where the identity of a person cannot be ascertained," a letter from the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) stated.
'A lake of blood': Sri Lanka's Christians mourn victims of Easter bombings
It was the first Easter since his mother died of cancer, and 11-year-old Chamod Shivan had planned to attend Mass at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church with his father. They would take their usual walk down a narrow road hugged by palm trees to the cozy neighborhood church, one of dozens in this seaside Catholic enclave, and settle into the pews under whirring fans that hung from the vaulted ceiling like spiders. But his father, Calistus Perera, had a fever and decided to stay home. Chamod went with his aunt, who lived with them and rarely missed a Sunday service.
Catholic leaders also canceled Sunday Masses and closed all churches on the island amid fears of additional attacks, Associated Press reported.
The extraordinary measures come after officials and the US Embassy in Colombo warned that militants with explosives remained at large and urged people to stay away from places of worship.
More than 250 people were killed, with hundreds more injured after coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in Sri Lanka.
(Pictured) Indians place flowers and candles as they attend a vigil outside Sacred Heart Cathedral to honor victims of bombings in Sri Lanka, in New Delhi, India, on April 23.
Soldiers stand guard outside the Grand Mosque, in Negombo, Sri Lanka on April 26.
A policeman frisks a Muslim devotee as he arrives at a mosque to attend prayer in Colombo on April 26.
A policeman stands guard outside a mosque during Friday prayer in Colombo on April 26.
People come to the site of a mass burial to pay their respects to victims of the attacks, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 25.
Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa lights up in Sri Lankan flag colors to commemorate the victims of recent attacks in Sri Lanka, on April 25, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
People light candles at the funeral of Dhami Brindya, 13, victim of a string of suicide bomb attacks, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 25.
Family members mourn for their mother, a victim of the suicide attacks, at the site of a mass burial in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on April 25.
A resident attends prayers for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial suicide bomb attacks at St. Teresa's church in Christchurch, New Zealand on April 25.
Pakistani Christians light candles during a vigil and special prayer service for the victims of the bomb explosions in Sri Lanka, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 25.
A monk from the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center and originally from Sri Lanka, leads a prayer during an interfaith vigil to people from various religions at Heinz Chapel on April 24 in Pittsburgh.
Members of Republican Party of India make a candle light march to pay tribute to people who lost their lives during Easter attack in Sri Lanka, on April 24 in Pune, India.
Day Ten Extinction Rebellion Climate Change activists create tribute to the victims in Sri Lanka, in London on April 24.
People from various religions gathered for a prayer vigil donate as a collection basket is passed around at Heinz Memorial Chapel on April 24 in Pittsburgh.
Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen and his daughter Lisa attend the commemoration arranged by the youth parties after the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, in Copenhagen, on April 24.
People from Bangladesh offer funeral prayer for Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim's grandson Zayan Chowdhury, who was killed in the series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, in Dhaka, on April 24.
Buddhist devotees pray for the bomb blast victims at Kelaiya temple in Colombo. Sri Lanka's government on April 24 acknowledged "major" lapses over its failure to prevent the horrific Easter attacks that killed more than 350 people, despite prior intelligence warnings.
People hold placards as they attend a peace meeting to show solidarity with the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, in Kolkata, India, on April 24.
Buddhist monks take part in a prayer ceremony at a Buddhist temple for the victims, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Colombo, on April 24.
Christians in Pakistan light candles to commemorate the victims of the Sri Lanka bombing, in Peshawar, on April 24.
People hold placards during a solidarity gathering in memory of the Sri Lankan blasts victims in Mumbai, India, on April 24.
People light candles for victims of the Sri Lanka bombing, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 24.
Sri Lankan local people pray near to St Anthony Church on April 23, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Nuns attend a mass near St Sebastian Church, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter during a memorial service in Negombo, Sri Lanka on April 23.
Students light candles during a vigil at a prayer meeting to show solidarity with the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, outside a church in Kolkata, India, on April 23.
A girl holds candles for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 23.
People hold candles during a vigil in Bangalore, India, on April 23.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a memorial for the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings at the Darwin International Buddhist Temple in Darwin, Australia, on April 23.
Students light candles near a painting as they pay tribute to the victims of the Sri Lankan terror attacks, in Mumbai, India, on April 23.
Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, left, at Dam Square for the vigil for the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka, in Amsterdam, on April 23.
Solidarity prayer service for victims of Sunday's bombings in Sri Lanka, in Kolkata, India, on April 23.
Pakistani Christian and Muslim students carry placards and candles to pay tribute to the Sri Lankan blasts victims, at St. Marys High School in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 23.
Members of different Non-Governmental groups holds candle during a candle light vigil, as they pay tribute to the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings held at town hall in Bangalore, India, on April 23.
A Russian man places flowers in tribute to victims, on the wall near the entrance of Sri Lankan embassy in Moscow, Russia, on April 22.
Pakistani citizens from different faiths light candles at a vigil for the victims of bomb explosions in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 22.
Toronto Mayor John Tory and faith leaders light candelas during an interfaith vigil at the Malvern Methodist Church in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, on April 22, to honour the victims killed in the suicide bombing attacks in Sri Lanka.
Indian staff at a school pray for the victims of Sunday's blasts in Sri Lanka, in Ahmadabad, India, on April 22.
Flowers and candles are left in front of the office building of Danish fashion business Bestseller in Aarhus, Denmark, on April 22, to pay tribute following the attacks in Sri Lanka.
People light candles for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, outside a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 21.
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Sri Lanka Bombings Claimed by ISIS, and President Vows Shakeup
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the coordinated suicide bombings on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as the president of the traumatized nation promised to dismiss senior officials who had failed to act on warnings about the attacks. As Sri Lankans buried the dead from the half-dozen Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 350 people, the Islamic State issued a statement boasting of the suicide assaults. It also distributed an online video showing the person Sri Lankan officials suspect of having led the attacks.
A sermon was instead broadcast on televisions across the country by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, from a small chapel at his residence.
The security measures follow a series of bombings erupted across the country last week, targeting luxury hotels and churches during the Easter holiday. The death toll was revised to 253, and many more remain injured in hospital.
The coordinated attacks were linked to a local militant group and were the worst the country has seen since the end of its civil war a decade ago. The Islamic State made claims of responsibility for the bombings.
Two gunmen were killed in a shootout with security forces on Friday as troops were investigating a suspected safe house in eastern Sri Lanka. The Army also said earlier on Friday that gunfire had broken out as security forces were searching for an address in Kalmunai that was believed to be producing explosives.
According to Sky News, the father and brother of the suspected mastermind of the bombings were killed in the raids. A number of civilians are also believed to have been killed in the exchange.
Sri Lankan police have arrested dozens of suspects in connection with the blasts, as checkpoints and heavy security patrols remain on alert across the country.
President Sirisena said about 140 people had been linked to Islamic State in connection with the incident, according to AP, and that a "major search operation has been undertaken" for additional suspects.
"Every household in the country will be checked," he said Friday.
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