Schools in Sri Lanka Resume Classes after Easter Terrorist Attacks

Schools in Sri Lanka Resume Classes after Easter Terrorist Attacks

Schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday with few students arriving in classrooms, two weeks after the devastating Easter Sunday bombings forced the authorities to close the educational institutions.

"You can't say the threat is over, but the situation is well under control. better than what we expected".

State schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday (May 6) amid tight security after the Easter Sunday bombings, but many anxious parents kept their children at home over fears of more attacks by Islamic militants.

Sri Lanka's main global airport is located in the area, but police said there was no disruption to airport traffic. "I have trust [in] the armed forces and the police of this country to bring normalcy [as] soon as possible", he said.

The relatively unknown National Thowheeth Jamaath - an affiliate of the ISIS - had reportedly carried out the Sri Lanka blasts.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said a clash on Sunday between two individuals in Negombo, where 102 people attending an Easter service were killed on April 21, quickly escalated.

It's been two weeks since Sri Lanka witnessed a bloody Easter Sunday on April 21 that killed almost 263 people- that Catholics of the island nation again observed Mass on Sunday from confines of their homes.

Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing over 250 people and injuring more than 500 others.

Moreover, an unnamed security official had earlier told the Indian Express that intelligence agencies were tracking more than a dozen suspects from Tamil Nadu and Kerala whose phone numbers were found in Hashim's call records.

Catholic schools have also been closed until further notice.

Out of Sri Lanka's total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country's 2012 census.

There were tensions in the area after the Easter day attacks when one of the churches in the area became the target.

There were at least 42 foreigners among the 257 killed, while some 480 were also wounded. Across the country there are 10,194, and for each of them the authorities have guarded a security agent.

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