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Sri Lanka government declares curfew, shuts down social media access

  • Published at 07:25 pm April 21st, 2019
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A man crosses a road during the curfew, after multiple explosions in the country, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, April 21, 2019 Reuters

Facebook and WhatsApp have been blocked inside the country to prevent misinformation and rumours

The Sri Lankan government declared a curfew with immediate effect, junior defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said on Sunday, following eight explosions that killed 207 people, and mostly targeted churches and hotels.

"A curfew will be imposed until things settle down," he told reporters in Colombo.


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Government officials also said major social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, have been blocked inside the country to prevent misinformation and rumours.