Sri Lanka police deletes its Twitter account after it misidentified an American human rights activist as suspected serial bomber

Colombo: An official Sri Lanka police Twitter account has been deleted after it misidentified an American human rights activist as a suspected Sri Lankan serial bomber, causing a social media furore. The account, @SriLankaPolice2, was deleted on Friday. Late Thursday, police posted the names and photos of three women and two men on Twitter that they said were at-large suspects in the Easter Sunday bombing attacks that killed more than 250 people.

One of the names was of Muslim US activist Amara Majeed, who quickly tweeted that she had been falsely identified. Sri Lankan police replied with an apology for the “inconvenience.”