Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings
Sri Lankaâ€™s president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group blamed for the bloodshed.
The suicide bombings struck three churches and three luxury hotels Sunday in the island nationâ€™s deadliest violence since a devastating civil war ended in 2009. The government shut down some social media, armed security forces patrolled the largely deserted, central streets in the capital of Colombo, and a curfew went into effect.
The military was given a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects â€” powers that were used during the civil war but withdrawn when it ended....
I sense that allowing the attacks to happen was about this move, seeing as the threat was known but unaddressed. About three hundred people who identified themselves with the Lord Jesus Christ were killed for this purpose - that the military could regain power.