The Sri Lankan government announced on Monday that it had decided to impose a countrywide curfew with immediate effect from 9.00 p.m. local time today till 04.00 am tomorrow.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that the military would use maximum power, if necessary, to control the current situation.
Earlier in the day, the Sri Lankan government announced that they had blocked some social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Viber. The decisions come as a number of mosques and Muslim properties have been attacked in a single day in the west of the country.
Following the attacks, police arrested a group of individuals, but people demanded their release.
Sri Lankan government officials have confirmed that the seven suicide bombers involved in the attacks were Sri Lankan citizens associated with a Daesh* splinter Islamist group — National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ). The NTJ was previously known for its attacks against Buddhists and Sufis.
*Daesh — a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and a number of other countries