Govt. Ignored Every Sign Before Easter Sunday Horror
At least 290 people killed and hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka in apparently coordinated series of suicide bombings. @ABC News' @JamesAALongman has the latest. https://t.co/NYsi822hYP pic.twitter.com/4ivxPyIJ3o— ABC News (@ABC) April 22, 2019
Explosions ripped through churches and hotels across Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least 290 people and injuring more than 500 on Christianity's holiest day.
The government quickly blamed the National Thowheed Jamaath, a group of militant Islamists, for carrying out the attacks with the support of international groups.
Then came the bombshell: the government of Sri Lanka admitted they received warnings weeks earlier that an attack was imminent. (Washington Post)
Sri Lanka on Monday accused a local Islamist extremist group, the National Thowheed Jamaath, of being behind a string of Easter bombings against churches and hotels that killed at least 290 people.
Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the group, which roughly translates as National Monotheism Organization, perpetrated the attack using suicide bombers against three churches and three hotels, adding that it likely had international links.
“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” he said. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”
He also called for the police inspector general, Pujith Jayasundara, to resign because security agencies had received a report warning of attacks by this group against churches and hotels weeks before.
The Washington Post received a copy of the report given to the police inspector general entitled "potential suicide attacks." At this time, the police have offered no explanation as to why they didn't act.