Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary resigns over Easter deadly terror attacks

Sri Lanka
# 25 April 2019 17:50 (UTC +04:00)

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has stepped down, taking responsibility for the Easter deadly terror attacks in the country, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

According to the minister, Sri Lankan security agencies were actively responding to the advance warning they had received about the possibility of attacks. "We were working on that. All those agencies were working on that," he said.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has earlier asked for the resignation of Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara.

The government conceded that there had been a "colossal failure in the communication of this intelligence" to the agencies who could have taken measures to prevent what happened.