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Maximum powers will be used – Army Chief

The military has cautioned it will use extreme powers, if required, to control the spread of violence.

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, in a special statement said that there had been events where some youth were convoluted in damaging and destroying property in some areas yesterday.

“So, I as Army Commander request here and the same time caution anyone who has planned to destroy or dishonor the orders given by the Government or the Armed Forces, that we will take severe action. I say again we will take severe action to detain, arrest and even to fire and use minimum or maximum powers given under emergency regulations,” he said.

Emergency regulations were imposed after suicide bombers linked to the Islamic State had bombed hotels and churches in the country on Easter Sunday.

Tensions have been increasing in the country since then with hate being spread against innocent Muslims.

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