'Leave my country alone': Sri Lanka President to IS chief Baghdadi

'Leave my country alone': Sri Lanka President to IS chief Baghdadi

Authorities have implicated two terrorist groups, National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim (JMI), but ISIS has also claimed responsibility. She added, "And we must do so without destroying communities of peaceful, innocent people who share the faith of the attackers, but not their warped ideology".

"A decision has been taken by the president to ban all forms of face covering that will hinder easy identification under emergency regulations".

A government source told Reuters on Tuesday police and other security forces across the country had been ordered to remain on high alert because the militants were expected to try to strike again, before the holy month of Ramadan which starts on Monday.

He urged all political parties and citizens to support the security forces to ensure the country's safety.

It was not clear if the foreigners - 10 Nigerians and one each from India, Iran and Thailand - were linked to religious extremists or the Easter attacks.

There were a series of cabinet meetings post the Easter bombings on new anti-terror laws and the decision to ban the burqa was delayed after both President Sisirsena as well Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe chose to take the matter with Muslim clerics in the country.

Six days after the attacks, on April 27, Sri Lankan authorities engaged in a firefight with a group of suspects in the southern city of Batticaloa.

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In the footage, Baghdadi said Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings that killed 253 people were carried out as revenge for the fall of the Syrian town of Baghuz.

More than 250 people died in the blasts targeting worshippers in three churches and in three luxury hotels.

In the statement, the Chinese Embassy strongly condemned the terror acts, offered deep condolences over the death of the four scientists, and thanked the Sri Lankan government for its assistance.

"We pray that in this country there will be peace and coexistence and understanding each other without division", he said.

Over a week after the devastating Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, the country has completely banned all face veils including the burqa.

Police said they searched the family home of two of the bombers and arrested one of their brothers.

Most Sri Lankans (70.2 percent) are Buddhist, and there are significant Hindu and Christian minorities.