Sri Lanka: Catholic Churches Suspend Services

All of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches have been ordered to stay closed and suspend services until security improves after deadly Easter bombings, a senior priest told AFP on Thursday.

“On the advice of the security forces we are keeping all churches closed,” the priest said.

“There will be no public mass said until further notice.”

President calls for resignations of top security officials

Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the defence secretary and national police chief, after security forces failed to take action preventing the attacks.

It wasn’t immediately clear who would be replacing them.

Sri Lanka police on Wednesday said investigations confirm there were nine suicide bombers, of whom eight have been identified.

One of the nine bombers was a woman, deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters on Wednesday.

More than 100 people have now been arrested in the country in connection with Easter Sunday blasts, Wijewardene said.


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