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Sri Lanka bans 2 Islamist groups; 6 kids among 15 killed in military raid

Nearly 10,000 soldiers have been deployed across the island to carry out searches and boost security since the bombings

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Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez | Reuters Colombo
Sri Lanka's president on Saturday outlawed two Islamist groups suspected to be behind the suicide bombings on churches and hotels while the wife and child of the suspected ringleader were wounded during a military raid in safe house, his family and police said.
 
The National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim were banned under his emergency powers, President Maithripala Sirisena said in a statement, nearly a week after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 250 people.
 
Authorities could not act earlier to ban the two little known groups because the law required them to show firm evidence

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First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 8:37 AM IST

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