Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe confirmed Sunday night that information about potential attacks on churches had been transmitted by the security services but he had not been alerted. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, which left 290 dead, according to a new official report, but the authorities have arrested 13 people and are currently checking for possible "Foreign links".
The Sri Lankan Government "Knew there was a threat of attacks". Speaking Sunday evening at a country bereaved by attacks that left 290 dead and 500 wounded, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acknowledged in a televised address that information on potential attacks on churches had been passed on by the police. but that they had not been correctly passed on.
according to The HinduPrime Minister also said at a press conference that neither he nor his government's ministers had been "Kept informed" of these elements.
For the correspondent ofAl Jazeera in Sri Lanka, Minelle Fernandez, "Prime Minister's statements are an attack on President Maithripala Sirisena, head of the security forces." The relations between the two leaders are indeed at their lowest since the dismissal of Ranil Wickremesinghe by the head of state in October, a decision finally annulled by the Supreme Court but which left traces.
An investigation was opened Sunday to try to shed light on how the police information was transmitted to the government.
13 men arrested
The head of the national police, Pujuth Jayasundara, issued an alert ten days ago, on the strength of information "From a foreign intelligence agency" warning that an Islamist movement, the NTJ, planned "Suicide bombings against important churches" and the Indian Embassy in Colombo.
But as the New York Times, who publishes on his website a photo of the police letter, "It is not yet clear whether any action had been taken" to respond to the threat "Nor even if the group" cited in the document of the security services "Really played a role in the violence" occurred Sunday.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks but authorities announced Monday the arrest of thirteen men belonging to the same radical group, reports Newsweek.
"An attack on interreligious relations and tolerance in Sri Lanka"
The attacks that caused death and desolation in four hotels and three churches, during Easter Mass, in several places on the South Asian island caused a national and global turmoil on Sunday.
"The attack on St. Anthony's Church in the heart of Colombo's old town, a famous multi-denominational site that has long attracted followers of all faiths (Buddhists, Hindus, occasional Muslims), is an attack on interreligious and religious relations. tolerance in Sri Lanka " said Sunday night S. Lakshmi on the site of Colombo Telegraph.