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Ranil Wickremesinghe's life at risk says Sri Lanka minister; warns of island wide internet blackout

The Inspector General of Police has withdrawn ousted Prime Minsiter Ranil Wickremesinghe’s security detail, leaving only 10 police officers to protect Wickremesinghe.

Tweeting the IGP order earlier today, Sri Lanka’s minister of economic affairs, Harsha de Silva said Wickremesinghe’s life was being placed under threat by these actions.

Mr De Silva added that there were mounting rumours of an imminent shut down of the island’s 3G and 4G networks to create an internet blackout.

President Sirisena ordered for Wickremesinghe’s security and transport detail to be reduced shortly after appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister.