Sri Lanka Attack: Government Declares State Of Emergency
Sri Lankan security personnel walk next to dead bodies on the floor amid blast debris at St. Anthony’s Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

State of Emergency has been declared from midnight Monday by the Sri Lankan authorities following the deadly Easter attacks, the president’s office said.

Concise News gathered that the special measures are being brought in “to allow the police and the three forces to ensure public security,” the statement said, referring to the army, navy and air force.

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The Sri Lankan government had on Monday ordered a new night-time curfew as tensions remained high after a series of suicide bomb attacks that left at least 290 dead.

The government information department said the curfew would run from 8:00 pm (1430 GMT) on Monday until 4:00 am on Tuesday.

An indefinite curfew ordered Sunday after the attacks were lifted early Monday but a two-day holiday was decreed in a bid to reduce public traffic.