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Sri Lanka Govt Declares Curfew, Shuts Down Access to Social Media Sites After Terror Attack

The move comes after eight bomb blasts in churches and hotels killed over 180 people.

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Updated:April 21, 2019, 3:31 PM IST
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Sri Lanka Govt Declares Curfew, Shuts Down Access to Social Media Sites After Terror Attack
Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)
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Colombo: The Sri Lankan government declared a curfew with immediate effect, junior defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said on Sunday, following eight explosions that killed over 180 people, and mostly targeted churches and hotels.

"A curfew will be imposed until things settle down," he told reporters in Colombo.

Government officials also said major social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, have been blocked inside the country to prevent misinformation and rumours.

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