Saturday, 27 November 2021

I wasn’t aware of threat, says Sri Lankan President

COLOMBO: President Maithripala Sirisena has said he was not aware of likely bomb attacks in the country, though Sri Lankan security agencies had received prior intelligence, including from India, on the imminent threat.

The information received from the State intelligence agencies was not passed on to him by relevant officials, said President Sirisena, who helms the Law and Order, and Defence ministries. “If they had done so, I would have taken immediate action. I have decided to take strict action against those who failed in their duty,” he said, addressing the nation via television on Tuesday night. The country’s security apparatus will be restructured in the coming days, with key leadership changes in “24 hours”.

Following Sunday’s serial bombings, which killed more than three hundred people, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe too had said that he was not kept updated of the imminent security risk, though intelligence agencies knew of it.

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