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Sri Lanka President bans NTJ, two other Islamist extremist organisations

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

has banned three Islamist extremist groups, including the (NTJ) that carried out the country's worth terror attack on in which over 250 people were killed.

issued an extraordinary gazette banning a number of extremist organisations on Monday. He also prohibited the use of drones in the country till further notice.

According to the Gazette the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), the Jamaathe Millaathe Ibrahim (JMI), and the Willayath As Seylani (WAS) organisations have been banned.

On April 21, nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels, killing 258 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of them Indians, and injuring over 500 others.

The Islamic State terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group (NTJ).

Over 1,000 have been arrested since the attacks. say they have either killed or arrested all those responsible for the bombings.

has a population of 21 million which is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority.

Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus. Around seven per cent of Sri Lankans are Christians.

On Monday, the enforced a countrywide curfew and blocked to stop people inciting violence as communal violence spread to new areas in the island nation in the worst unrest since bombings.

Police also fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and shops owned by Muslims in various parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Sirisena has also prohibited the use of drones in the country till further notice.

"The navigation of any unmanned aircraft or drone in or over the territory of by any person other than a member of or police is prohibited until further notice," another Gazette notification said.

Earlier, banned the use of drone and unmanned aircraft following the devastating terror attack on

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 14:06 IST