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Sirisena says Easter bombings a "cowardly attempt" to discourage narcotics crackdown

President Maithripala Sirisena said the Easter Sunday bombings were a "cowardly attempt" to discourage his nationwide narcotics crackdown.

Sirisena, speaking at a ceremony in Colombo, said that he had given continous leadership throughout his political career to prevent destruction caused by the drug menace. He claimed that the island was able to reap many benefits of drug prevention programmes before the deadly attack.

The President had signed a declaration to impose capital punishment for drug traffickers earlier this year but was met with concerned opposition parties.