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Sri Lanka's government has banned face coverings that hide people's identities in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

"All sorts of face covers that hinders the identification of individuals in a way that threatens national security shall be banned with effect from 29 April 2019 as per Emergency Regulations", the statement said. Three days ago we [the Muslim community] took a voluntary decision regarding this.

"There could be another wave of attacks", the head of ministerial security division (MSD), a unit of the police, said in a letter to lawmakers and other officials.

The suicide bombers behind the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka assembled easily-available chemicals to make explosives, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, as authorities probe how terrorists acquired the technical knowledge.

The niqab and burka, which both cover the face, are only worn by a minority of Muslim women on the island, according to the BBC.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police suspect the bombings were also carried out by two local Islamist groups: National Thawheed Jammath - established by the alleged organiser of the incident, Zahran Hashim Zahran - and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.

Churches were shut across the nation on Sunday, a week after the bombings, for fear of another attack by Islamic State group-linked militants.

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"They were small enough that they were not using normal communications, instead meeting each other", Wickremesinghe told Reuters.

Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara said a motion to remove the police chief will be tabled in Parliament within this week, Sri Lanka Mirror reported. Another 15 people, including six children, died Friday in the country's Eastern province after soldiers raided a house in search of suspects, a military spokesman said. Fernando resigned last week.

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

Rev. Roshan Mahesan, senior pastor of Zion Church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, said he and his church forgive the suicide bombers and those who plotted with them because of the love of Jesus Christ. Tourist arrivals in areas elsewhere in Sri Lanka would likely go down by about 30 percent, he told reporters at a travel conference in Dubai.

Report from BBC has it that the number of people arrested in connection with the killings rose to 150.

But Sirisena rejected claims that he should resign in the face of the catastrophic intelligence failures in the runup to the attacks, which killed more than 250 people and injured at least 500.