Sri Lanka To Resume Mass On Sunday: Cardinal

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The Sri Lankan government lifted a ban on social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber, on Tuesday (April 30) after the sites were barred on hopes of putting a stop to the spread of rumours after the Easter Sunday bombings.

"Tremendous progress has been made toward apprehending those plotters but I don't think the story is over yet", Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said in an interview.

"All the security forces should be involved and function as if on war footing", said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo. However, the Islamic State terror group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Last week, Sri Lanka placed all police stations in Colombo on high alert as police were hunting for an unidentified container truck and a van, believed to be carrying explosives.

There were originally a total of eight blasts hitting four hotels and three churches, with the first taking place at around 8.45am on Easter Sunday (1.45pm AEST).

"We have given guidance to Muslim women to not to cover their faces in this emergency situation", the ACJU's Farhan Faris said.

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A statement from the office of the President said the ban was being introduced from today under new regulations brought under a state of emergency in response to the Easter bombings in the capital, Colombo.

Any face covering that "hinders the identification of individuals in a way that threatens national security" is now banned in Sri Lanka, according to a statement from the country's President.

Other nations like The Netherlands have a partial ban meaning that women can not cover their faces in "specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen". Two other local Islamist groups - the National Thowheed Jamath and the Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim - are suspected to have links to the blasts.

Sri Lanka launched a criminal investigation into the attacks and has already arrested over 100 suspects.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured the Christian minorities of protection and security, while expressing deep anguish and disappointment over failing to intercept the terror attack on April 21. He claimed the bombings in Sri Lanka were "part of the revenge" that awaits the West.

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