State of emergency in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s President declared a state of emergency on Saturday following the assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar at his residence late Friday. Sri Lanka’s President declared a state of emergency on Saturday following the assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar at his residence late Friday. Kadirgamar 73, was shot in the head and chest by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels as he returned to his heavily guarded private residence in Colombo.

“A state of national emergency has been declared to facilitate enhanced security measures and effective investigations of this act of wanton terror,” the president’s office said in a statement.

A state of emergency gives security forces sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects for longer duration without trial.

As dawn broke, authorities launched a massive search operation in Colombo, dozens of military trucks and soldiers were moved in at all important road intersections in the city.

“Kadirgamar was felled by political foes opposed to the peaceful transformation of conflict,” the statement said.

“The president appeals for calm and restraint in the face of this grave and