Sri Lanka boosts security near churches as Christmas approaches-Xinhua

Sri Lanka boosts security near churches as Christmas approaches

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-12-24 19:42:30

COLOMBO, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan police will provide extra security to churches and other places of worship on Sunday and Monday in view of Christmas, said a spokesman on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, police media spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said the priests can contact police headquarters for assistance on any security matters.

He said the army has also been deployed near churches for extra security.

According to Thalduwa, security has been beefed up near religious establishments since the Easter Sunday terror attacks in 2019, adding that there is no reason for anyone to be afraid of going to churches for Christmas.

Over 260 were killed in the 2019 blasts which targeted three churches and three luxury hotels in the island country.