Sri Lanka: Curfew, ‘temporary’ social media ban imposes after 8 blasts

The curfew will begin on Sunday night at 6:00pm local time (1230 GMT) and run until 6:00am local time (0030 GMT), the ministry said.

Sri Lanka: Curfew, ‘temporary’ social media ban imposes after 8 blasts
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Colombo: Sri Lanka’s government said Sunday it would impose a “temporary” social media ban after a string of blasts targeting hotels and churches killed nearly 160 people.

“The government has decided to block all social media platforms in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread. This is only a temporary measure” Udaya R. Seneviratne, secretary to the president said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s defence ministry has ordered a night-time curfew after eight blasts targeting churches and hotels killed nearly 160 people across the country on Sunday.

The curfew will begin on Sunday night at 6:00pm local time (1230 GMT) and run until 6:00am local time (0030 GMT), the ministry said.