The Catholic church in Sri Lanka says the government should crack down on Islamists with more vigor “as if on war footing” in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said the church may not be able to stop people from taking the law into their own hands unless the government conducts a more thorough investigation and prevents further attacks.

The cardinal said Monday he is not satisfied in the manner in which the government has done its investigations so far. Ranjith told reporters, “All the security forces should be involved and function as if on war footing.”

A Sri Lankan Muslim priest talks to Sri Lankan Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Sri Lankan Muslim priest talks to Sri Lankan Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

More than 250 people died in the blasts targeting worshippers in three churches and in three luxury hotels.

Sri Lankan Army soldiers lower the national flag as the sun sets on Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankan Army soldiers lower the national flag as the sun sets on Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Sri Lankan Muslim priest, lights a candle as Buddhist priest, left, Hindu priest, right, and Christian archbishop, center, watch during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Sri Lankan Muslim priest, lights a candle as Buddhist priest, left, Hindu priest, right, and Christian archbishop, center, watch during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankan girls hold candles during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankan girls hold candles during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Sri Lankan Christian mother kisses her daughter as they stop their two wheeler to have a look at the St. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Sri Lankan Christian mother kisses her daughter as they stop their two wheeler to have a look at the St. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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