In a bid to ensure the safety and tranquility of religious festivities, the police have announced special security arrangements for churches and other relevant places of worship today and on December 25, Christmas Day.

The Police Spokesman has urged priests and religious leaders to avail themselves of the dedicated assistance hotline at Police HQ by calling 0112 47 2757 for any security-related matters. This proactive step aims to provide swift responses and support, assuring the community of a secure environment during this festive season.

The heightened security measures underline the authorities’ commitment to fostering a sense of peace and harmony, allowing worshippers to celebrate Christmas without concerns for their safety. The police presence aims to create an atmosphere of reassurance, emphasizing the importance of collective safety and community well-being.

On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, a tragic series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings shook Sri Lanka. Three churches, located in Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo, along with three luxury hotels in Colombo, were targeted in the attacks. The devastating bombings resulted in the loss of 269 lives, including 45 foreign nationals, eight suicide bombers, and three police officers. An additional 500 individuals suffered injuries, marking one of the deadliest incidents in the country’s history. ( )