Sri Lanka Attack: Official Bans Face Coverings After Easter Bombing

Sri Lankan government have banned all kinds of clothing that cover the face and prevent identification, such as niqabs and burqas following Easter bombings that left over 250 people dead.

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According to an official statement from the office of the President on Sunday, the ban was introduced from Monday under new regulations brought under a state of emergency in response to the Easter bombings in the capital, Colombo.

Concise News learnt that the ban does not directly refer to Muslim female garb, burqa and niqab, but was seen as a clear reference to the type of dress.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Justice Ministry had already been considering introducing laws preventing wearing of Burqa and Niqab but has expedited the ban.

On Sunday, a group of Muslim leaders had called on community members to refrain from wearing clothing in a manner that obstructs the identification of persons.

Most of those killed in the Easter Sunday attacks were Sri Lankans.

The dead also included 40 foreigners, including British, U.S., Australian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.

More than 100 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt, have been detained for questioning over the Easter attacks.

The Sri Lankan military said at least 15 people were killed during a fierce gun battle with militants on the east coast on Friday, including six children.

Sri Lanka’s 22 million population is majority Buddhist and includes minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus.