Sri Lanka Swiftly Bans All Face Coverings After Deadly Muslim Terrorist Attack

Chris Menahan
Apr. 29, 2019

Whereas in the West our governments respond to Muslim terrorist attacks by saying they're "part and parcel" of living in big cities, the Sri Lankan government responded to the mass slaughter of Christians by Muslim terrorists by banning all face coverings.

From RT:
Under a state of emergency after a spate of suicide bombings last week, Sri Lanka has imposed a ban on all forms of face coverings. The measure is aimed at helping police with identification as they hunt for terrorism suspects.

The order comes into effect on Monday. It makes no exception for religious reasons, banning burkas, veils and masks alike.

"A decision has been taken by the president to ban all forms of face covering that will hinder easy identification under emergency regulations," the presidential office stated on Sunday.

The Sri Lankan government enlisted the support of Muslim religious leaders before deciding in favor of the blanket ban on all garments that might hinder a person's identification. Some Muslim clerics in the Buddhist-majority country vocally sided with the government, asking women to stop wearing burka and niqab, which leaves only a slit or a mesh, respectively, open for the eyes.

Muslims, who make up around 10 percent of the total population in Sri Lanka, are growing increasingly wary of potential retaliation over the attacks on Christian churches and luxury hotels perpetrated by radical Islamists with apparent links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

The state of emergency was declared after a series of deadly suicide blasts rocked the country on April 21, leaving 253 people dead and hundreds injured. In the following days, the country unleashed a sweeping crackdown on potential suspects in the attacks, arresting over 70 people all over the country and facing off with militants in anti-terrorist raids. After a gun battle with suspected terrorists in the city of Kalmunai on Friday, police reportedly discovered a stash of explosives and precursors in the apartment, including bags of fertilizer, gunpowder and acids. IS claimed the killed gunmen were its soldiers.
Authorities confirmed at least one of the suicide bombers was a woman.

Reuters reported Sunday that Sri Lankan security forces killed the father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of the attack, Zahran Hashim.

As The Gateway Pundit reported last week, Zahran Hashim was allowed to spread jihadist propaganda on Google-owned YouTube without any issues -- all while conservatives are being banned left and right for their political views.

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