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Sri Lanka's state of emergency extended by another month

The Sri Lankan government has extended the state of emergency by another month after an extraordinary gazette was issued today. 

President Maithripala Sirisena said he believed there was a "public emergency" in the country and was invoking provisions of the Public Security Act. 

This is the third extension following  the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamist extremists, which targetted luxury hotels and churches. 

The emergency regulations, which grant the state's security forces additional powers, have been used to carry out widespread search operations, detentions and arrests.

 

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