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Sri Lanka bans preaching religious, radical ideologies glorifying terrorism

Date: 04 May 2019 Tags: Defence & Security, Tackling Security Threats

Government of Sri Lanka has issued orders to ban any person from preaching religious, extremist or radical ideologies that glorify terrorism. It also banned any foreigner from preaching any such ideology and few persons involved in it have been deported. Following the order, peace TV owned by controversial Indian Muslim Cleric Zakir Naik has been banned and taken off the air by all cable and satellite networks. Peace TV channel already is banned in several countries including India. This decision of Sri Lankan government comes as part of series of measure after April 21, 2019 Easter bombings including banning few fundamentalist organizations and ban any form of face covering in public including use of burqa.

Easter bombings

On 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, three Christian churches in Sri Lanka and three luxury hotels in Colombo city were targeted in series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings. It had killed 253 people (majority are Sri Lankans) including at least 42 foreign nationals. The church bombings were carried out during Easter services in Batticaloa, Negombo and Colombo. The seven of suicide bombers in attacks were citizen of Sri Lanka associated with local militant Islamist group- National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) with suspected foreign ties. It is alleged that these suicide bombers were part of local module of ISIS seeking revenge for New Zealand mosque attack. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) also has claimed responsibility of attack through Amaq News Agency, its propaganda outlet.