Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 international nationals, together with round 200 Islamic clerics, because the Easter suicide bombings blamed on an area jihadi group, a minister advised AFP Sunday.
Dwelling Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena mentioned the clerics had entered the nation legally, however amid a safety crackdown after the assaults have been discovered to have overstayed their visas, for which fines have been imposed and so they have been expelled from the island.
“Contemplating the present state of affairs within the nation, we have now reviewed the visas system and took a choice to tighten visa restrictions for spiritual lecturers,” Abeywardena mentioned.
“Out of those that have been despatched out, about 200 have been Islamic preachers.”
The Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 individuals and wounded almost 500 have been led by an area cleric who is understood to have travelled to neighbouring India and had made contact with jihadists there.
The minister didn’t give the nationalities of those that have been expelled, however police have mentioned many foreigners who’ve overstayed their visas because the Easter assaults have been from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan.
“There are spiritual establishments which have been getting down international preachers for many years,” Abeywardena mentioned. “We’ve got no points with them, however there are some which mushroomed lately. We can pay extra consideration to them.”
The minister mentioned the federal government was overhauling the nation’s visa coverage following fears that international clerics may radicalise locals for a repeat of the April 21 suicide bombings, which focused three Christian church buildings and three luxurious lodges.
Sri Lanka has imposed a state of emergency because the assaults and given huge powers to troops and police to arrest and detain suspects for lengthy intervals.
Home-to-house searches are being carried out throughout the nation searching for explosives and propaganda materials of Islamic extremists.