In an attempt to catch all those involved in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is using his emergency powers to prohibit the use of any type of garment that covers the face.
“The president has banned all types of face shields that make identification difficult, which is a national and public threat,” said the president’s office in a statement.
The move comes after last Sunday’s attack where 3 hotels and three churches exploded simultaneously in Sri-Lanka killing over 250 people including 45 children and injuring 600 others.
The last time such heavy casualties were sustained in the country was during the Sri Lankan Civil War that led to the death of 40,000 civilians
The ban begins today.
Since the devastating bombings, security forces have raided several predominantly Muslim in the country. Police have confirmed that 150 people have been arrested so far.
The Muslim population in Sri Lanka makes up 9.7% of the population.