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Days after terror strikes, Sri Lanka remains on edge

People react during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Colombo, Sri Lanka Apr 25, 2019, 08.05 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Sri Lanka and its capital Colombo remained on edge on Thursday as the day began with an explosion in Pugoda town, followed by a lockdown of the central bank amid fears of a possible explosive material and number of operations across the country to nab the suspects behind Sunday's terror attack.

The explosion that took place in Pugoda town, 40 km east of Colombo was not a controlled explosion. A number of controlled explosions have taken place in Colombo in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attack.

During the day, in the heart of Colombo, near the Parliament, a lockdown happened at the central bank over fears of a possible explosion. The alert was removed later.

Heavy police deployment was seen on the roads of Colombo with security checking vehicles as in response to the current threat level.

A countrywide manhunt has been launched, with the police arresting three people in connection with grenades in one of the operations.

Meanwhile, the police authorities released pictures of many suspects in connection with the attack and asked the public to approach them in case of information. 

Thursday also saw political fallout of terror attack with Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigning.

Community leaders have urged restraint. All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama(ACJU), the apex body of Sri Lankan Muslims has advised not to wear Burqa as it comes in the way of national security forces to maintain security in the country.

In a statement, they said, "We advise that in the prevailing situation our sisters should not hinder the security forces in their efforts to maintain national security by wearing the face cover(Niqab)"

ACJU, in a press conference, said, the bodies of suicide bombers will not be buried in a mosque.

Curfew was imposed for the fifth night throughout the Island.

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During the day, in the heart of Colombo, near the Parliament, a lockdown happened at the central bank over fears of possible explosion.