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The United States assures that they had no prior information

Police were still deployed near St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 24, 2019. – Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Contrary to what the Sri Lankan authorities claimed, the United States had no prior information
the Easter bombings, which killed 359 people, including at least four Americans, assured the US ambassador to Sri Lanka on Wednesday at CNN.

"We did not know anything about these attacks beforehand," said Ambassador Alaina Teplitz in an interview on US television about the attacks in Sri Lanka, claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). Earlier this week, a Sri Lankan official claimed that India and the United States had provided information before the attacks.

Sri Lankan government has admitted flaws in collecting and sharing information

"I can not speak for others. I do not know what other sources of information the Sri Lankan government could have. I can just tell you that we did not have any prior information, "said the ambassador on CNN. "The Sri Lankan government has admitted flaws in the collection and sharing of information," she added.

The Sri Lankan authorities have criminalized a local Islamist National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) movement, which has not claimed responsibility for the attacks, and whether it has received international logistical support.

An alert from "a foreign intelligence agency"

Ten days ago, the NTJ received an alert from "a foreign intelligence agency" sent to the police that it was planning suicide bombings against churches and the Indian embassy. in Colombo. According to the government spokesman, this warning had not been sent to the prime minister or other high-ranking ministers.

An element that could relaunch the crisis at the top of the Sri Lankan state. The police are under the jurisdiction of President Maithripala Sirisena, in open conflict with his head of government. The Head of State announced that he expected to make swift changes in the management of the security forces.

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