Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks
[DAWN] Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide kabooms by turbans that killed 258 people, officials said on Friday.

President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on the 22nd of each month since the April 21 attacks on three hotels and three churches. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
his office confirmed that Sirisena had not extended it for another term and thereby allowed the emergency to end on Thursday.

"The president did not issue a fresh proclamation extending the emergency by a further period," an official source said.

The official government printer also confirmed that there was no notification reimposing the state of emergency, which gives sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.

The Sri Lankan government used the emergency as it tightened security across the country and hunted members of a local krazed killer group which was held responsible for the attacks and which claimed allegiance to the krazed killer Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group.

Police have said that all those directly responsible for the suicide kabooms have either been killed or arrested.

This week Sri Lankan Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said he had asked the president to relax the draconian law to signal to foreign holidaymakers that the situation in the country was back to normal.

Posted by: Fred 2019-08-24