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Sri Lankan Intelligence Head Dismissed over Easter Bombings

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London - Reuters

Sat, 08 Jun 2019 18:53 GMT

The Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, has dismissed the country's chief of national intelligence, after he indicated that the leader was aware of the bloody Easter bombings, Reuters reported. 

The Indian intelligence agents sent several warnings to the Sri Lankan authorities, that a plot was underway, but Sirisena and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, have both said they were not informed about the warnings before the April 21st attacks, carried out by the Isis terror group, which claimed the lives of more than 250 people.

Investigations on what were the potential gaps that permitted the insurgents to target hotels, and churches, have been launched by a parliamentary select committee, led by allies of Sirisena's rival, Wickremesinghe. 

In his May 29th testimony to parliament, intelligence boss Sisira Mendis, said that meetings of the security council were irregular, making it difficult to properly protect the island nation. He also told the committee that the president had not held regular security review meeting to assess the possible threat from radical terrorists.  

And Sirisena’s defence secretary and police chief have said that the president, who is also minister of defence and law and order, did not follow the proper protocols in dealing with intelligence reports, including advance warnings about the April 21st bombings.

Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the attacks.