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Sri Lankan mosques and churches closed amid fears of new atttacks



Sri Lanka enters the first weekend of worship services following Sunday's mass bombings.

Ahead of Friday's dawn prayers, Muslims were not invited to gather for the congregational Friday prayer service – known as the Jumah Prayer – according to a statement labeled "very urgent" on Thursday by Sri Lanka's Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs Mohamed Hashim Abdul Haleem.

"As a sign of solidarity with the Catholic Community and a show of protesting against the Barbaric Act of the Ruthless Terrorists. "The Haleem."

The Minister's statement for the "inhuman terrorist murderers," and offers condolences to the victims

Driving through Colombo, a CNN reporter observed th At the same time, the news broadcast on television and radio had spread fear.

According to a revised death toll, 253 people, including many worshipers attending Easter Mass services, died in the coordinated attacks.

Catholic services across Colombo have been suspended ̵

1; until April 29 – because of security concerns, according to Fr. Edmond Tillekeratne, media director of the Archdiocese.

The decision, which will be made this Sunday, what made at the direction of Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.

Both Christianity and Islam are minority religions in Sri Lanka, each accounting for ten percent of the total population. According to census data, the vast majority of Sri Lankan's identify as Buddhist.

Arrests continue

Sri Lankan authorities are currently searching for "sleepers" potential terrorists who could attacks-Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told CNN on Thursday.

"Police and security forces are rounding up those involved, but they're rounding up the sleepers, those used on second and third rounds (of attacks)," he said.

"The danger has come down drastically, but we have had to pick some more sleepers, which we will do in the next few days."

He said security services were taking steps to ensure that no potential

"It is a precaution that we are taking, we want to be sure we have everyone in,"

National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ)

"They are worried that one or two could get into a church – [even] one person can do a lot of damage."

, a domestic extremist group, has been identified as the perpetrator of the Easter Sunday bombings, but has not claimed the attacks. While the terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Travel advisories amid heightened threat

The Indian Ocean nation.

Israel and the UK were the latest countries to issue travel advice, citing Israel as a "high concrete threat."

Its Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a warning to Sri Lanka on Thursday, raising the threat level to its second-highest, and advising travelers already in-country to leave.

The UK's Thursday announcement advocated "all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation."

They join the US, China, South Korea and Australia in issuing advisories amid ongoing threats to travelers' wellbeing in Sri Lanka.


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