Sri Lanka Bans Burqas for 'Public Protection' After Bomb Attacks


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Sri Lanka has banned burqas, a garment worn by Muslim women, calling it a security risk and a flag of fundamentalism. The move follows a series of bombings on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 in Sri Lankan churches and hotels.

A press statement from the President’s said:

“President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators.”

The country is still on high alert a week after the bomb attacks, with warnings that more violence could be imminent.