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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Catholic solutions are getting cancelled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka‘s capital following the government warned of extra probable attacks by the exact same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings that killed 257 folks.

Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese, stated Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had cancelled all Sunday solutions in the diocese primarily based on the most recent safety reports.

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Final week, Muslims have been told to remain residence for Friday prayers and all of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches have been closed. Rather of the usual Sunday Mass, Ranjith delivered a homily ahead of clergy and national leaders at his residence that was broadcast on tv.

Sri Lanka’s Muslim leaders, having said that, have been encouraging believers to return to mosques for Friday prayers, according to N.M. Ameen, president of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka.

Ameen stated the group had asked the government for further safety.

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Officials have warned that suspects linked to the bombings are nevertheless at significant.

Ranjith has criticized the government’s apparent failure to share close to-precise intelligence on the Easter plot and on some of the suspects involved.

A Cabinet minister stated Tuesday that intelligence warnings had indicated government ministers could be targeted by the exact same group, which pledged its loyalty to Islamic State militants.

The death toll from the April 21 bombings at churches and luxury hotels has risen to 257 folks from 253 final week, Wellness Ministry chief Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated Thursday. He stated 47 folks are nevertheless getting treated in hospitals, such as 12 in intensive care.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi postponed a trip this week to Sri Lanka simply because of safety issues, a senior foreign ministry official stated on situation of anonymity simply because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.

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The U.S. Embassy in Colombo remained closed to the public by means of Friday.

Sri Lankan police late Wednesday released the names and photographs of nine alleged suicide bombers who carried out the Easter attacks, all belonging to an offshoot of a nearby group known as National Towheed Jamaat. They incorporated extremist preacher Mohamed Zahran, also recognized as Zahran Hashim, who was described as the attack leader, and the wife of a further suicide bomber, who blew herself up, along with her young children and 3 police officers, at a villa belonging to her father-in-law, who is a prominent spice trader.

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With the atmosphere nevertheless tense in Colombo, Sri Lankan Islamic group Ceylon Thawheed Jama’ath held a news conference Thursday to clarify that it was not connected to National Towheed Jamaat, regardless of obtaining a comparable name.

The group’s basic secretary, Abdur Razik, stated there are a lot of groups with names that contain the words “Thawheed Jama’ath,” which roughly translates as monotheism organization. Razik’s group is amongst many that have organized news conferences to clear their names following getting confused in news reports with the group accused of carrying out the bombings.

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