Coast Guard On Alert To Prevent Attackers From Escaping Lanka: Sources
The Indian Coast Guard has been placed on high alert along the maritime border to prevent any attempt by those behind the Sri Lanka blasts to enter India, central sources said today.
The development came hours after the Sri Lanka declared that a local Islamic extremist group -- the National Thowheeth Jama'ath -- may be behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people on Easter Sunday.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena has declared a nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday. "The government has decided to gazette the clauses related to prevention of terrorism to emergency regulation and gazette it by midnight," his media unit said. It clarified that the measure would be confined to dealing with terrorism, and would not impinge on the people's freedom of expression.
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