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We had information that could have stopped attacks – Prime Minister of Sri Lanka World News

The terrorist attacks on Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday, which killed at least 321 people, could have been prevented if key information was passed on correctly, the Prime Minister admitted.

Eight Britons were among those who died in a series of blasts across the country against churches and hotels. In total, more than 500 people were injured.

The police have investigated if there are warnings of attacks were ignored or missed before the violence began, and now Ranil Wickremesinghe has confirmed that there has been a "breakdown of communication".

The moment when the suspected bomber enters the church

Suspicious bomber seen when he entered the church

At a press conference on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said: "We could have prevented these attacks, or at least reduced the number of attacks."

He added that important information had been properly transmitted to the relevant authorities, including himself. Anti-terrorism measures could have been launched "much faster".

Mr Wickremesinghe said that a preliminary investigation had been initiated into why the intelligence services had never reached him and that the defense leaders would be replaced "within the next 24 hours". A complete restructuring of the police and security forces will follow "in the coming weeks". ,

Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe
Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe

His update took place on a national day of mourning in Sri Lanka. In the capital Colombo and in the coastal city Negombo mass burials and funerals took place.

More of Sri Lanka attacks

He said the investigators made "good progress" in identifying the attacks, with Britain and the FBI providing assistance to foreign allies.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed that its "fighters" are responsible, but has not presented any evidence.

Mr Wickremesinghe said the bombers were likely to have "external relations" and the IS claim is under investigation, but the 40 arrested suspects are all Sri Lankan citizens.

In Sri Lanka mass burials are carried out after terrorist bombing raids

Mass burial for the victims of Sri Lanka in Colombo

"Some of the suspects are on the run," the prime minister added.

"Some of these suspects are armed and dangerous, there are still explosives and militants and the police are looking for them."

The Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine
On Easter Sunday, security teams will be on hand to attack the bombers
Military personnel keep watch outside the St. Sebastian Church
Military personnel watch outside the St. Sebastian Church

Despite IS's allegation, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense believes that two domestic Islamist organizations are responsible for the attacks and that they are "retaliatory." the shootings of the New Zealand mosque in Christchurch.

But New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office said they had "seen no information on which such an assessment could be based."

Funeral procession for the victims who died in the attack of Sunday
Mass burials and funerals take place throughout the country
At least 321 people died in the attacks
At least 321 people died in the attacks

As the investigation and widespread grief continue, there will be a nationwide daily curfew and all social media from 9pm is still prohibited in Sri Lanka to "relieve tension".

Police and military have also been given emergency powers by the government to arrest and interrogate suspects without a court order.

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt has sent specialists from the Metropolitan Police to help – and they are also tasked with bringing British citizens home.

Relatives of the dead offer their prayers during the funeral in the village of Katuwapity
Relatives of the dead offer their prayers during the funeral in the village of Katuwapity
Police officers are working on the scene in the Catholic St. Sebastian Church after bomb attacks by churches and luxury hotels took place on Easter April 22, 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka
Police officers work at the scene in the St. Sebastian Catholic Church

Seven British who were killed in the attacks were namedHowever, it is not known if there were among the hundreds injured in the various explosions.

In total, the bomb victims are at least 31 foreigners from at least 12 countries, including three children of the Danish billionaire and ASOS shareholder Anders Holch Povlsen.

Unicef ​​said 45 children are among those who have died.

British people in need of assistance in Sri Lanka are kindly requested to call the High Commission in Colombo on +94 11 5390639. People in the UK who care about friends or family should call the International Office on 020 7008 1500.


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