Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday said he had lifted a nationwide state of emergency imposed on March 6 after Buddhist-Muslim clashes.

“Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday,” Sirisena said on his Twitter feed.

He declared a state of emergency to rein in the spread of communal violence after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy.

Two people were killed and hundreds of Muslim-owned properties and more than 20 mosques were damaged, media reported.

Source: Jordan News Agency