Published: Sat, April 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sri Lanka's President to Reshuffle Leadership of Country's Security Services

Sri Lanka's President to Reshuffle Leadership of Country's Security Services

However, the security forces did not possess enough evidence and clear information to take legal action against them.

Sri Lanka Police Chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued a warning about the organization carrying out suicide bombings of prominent churches 10 days before the attacks, reported Agence-France Presse. He said intelligence suggested that the attackers were motivated by the Christchurch shootings.

Sri Lankan authorities have thus far named a Sri Lankan Muslim group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NJT), for the bombings but said that it could not have been done without worldwide support. Police said that as many as 34 foreign nationals who lost their lives have been identified. If true, it would be one of the worst attacks carried out by the group outside Iraq and Syria. Wijewardene said the leader of the attacks was believed to have been among the suicide bombers.

After the death toll rose to 310, April 23 was declared a national day of mourning and the country observed three minutes of silence at 8.30 a tribute to victims of the terrorist attacks.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks and released images that purported to show the attackers.

Teplitz declined to discuss whether USA officials knew about National Towheed Jamaat or its leader before the attack.

Cross-party Brexit talks focusing on customs arrangements
After a second meeting in two days, the committee decided on Wednesday to leave the rules unchanged. Hammond said a no deal would hurt the British economy.

"By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack", Wijewardene said.

Reaffirming unwavering support to Sri Lanka, the President reiterated Pakistan's offer of all possible assistance in its counter-terrorism measures.

The president said that they had already received worldwide assistance to conduct a thorough probe into the attacks and assured that all steps would be taken to curb terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Christians make up about 6%, or about 1.5 million, of Sri Lanka's population of 22 million, according to the country's 2012 census. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country since the war ended but Sri Lanka has no history of Islamic militancy.

The Sri Lanka blasts have confounded worldwide terrorism monitors.

Like this: