Easter bombings: Sri Lanka bans three Islamist extremist outfits including NTJ

Easter bombings: Sri Lanka bans three Islamist extremist outfits including NTJ

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Colombo, May 14: The Sri Lankan government has banned three Islamist extremist organizations, including the National Thowheed Jama'ath (NTJ), responsible for carrying out country's deadliest terror attacks on Easter Sunday, in which at least 258 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of them Indians were killed and more than 500 others injured.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette on Monday night, banning the three extremist organisations, including Jama'athe Milla'athe Ibrahim (JMI) and Willayath As Seylani, among others.The three extremist organizations have been proscribed, "For the purpose of ensuring the continuance of peace within the country and in the interest of national security, public order, and the rule of law" reported Colombo page.

On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, three churches in Sri Lanka and three luxury hotels in the commercial capital Colombo were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings. Later that day, there were smaller explosions at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala.

The attacks were the deadliest on the island nation since the end of its civil war 10 years ago, 258 people were killed, including at least 46 foreign nationals and three police officers, and at least 500 were injured. The church bombings were carried out during Easter services in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo, the hotels that were bombed were the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Tropical Inn. (UNI)