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Sri Lanka Catholics cancel Sunday mass over new bomb fears

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Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church said it had cancelled plans to resume Sunday services because of fears of fresh bomb attacks.

A spokesman for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said on Thursday that the Church received “specific information of two possible attacks against churches,” and it was decided to call off the May 5 mass.

“On the advice of the security forces, we have decided not to have Sunday masses in any of the churches,” the spokesman told AFP.

The Church had planned to resume public services for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 257 people.

On Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s police named nine people who staged Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 253 people, and said the attackers’ assets will be confiscated in line with anti-terror laws.