Sri Lankan PM apologizes over failure to protect victims of terror attack

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe Friday took collective responsibility and apologized to the nation for the failure to protect victims of Easter attacks, which killed atleast 253 people and injured more than 500.

“We take collective responsibility and apologize to our fellow citizens for our failure to protect victims of these tragic events. We pledge to rebuild our churches, revive our economy, and take all measures to prevent terrorism, with the support of the international community,” PM Wickremsinghe said in a tweet.

PM said police had received prior information of possible terror attacks but had failed to take adequate measures against it.

He further added that he and his cabinet of ministers had not been informed of the prior threats.

Prime Minister’s statement came as President Maithripala Sirisena told a press briefing that highly driven information was given on 4th of this month and it included targets and methods of the attacks.

He told Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara had received prior warnings from state intelligence over possible attacks but had failed to brief him as well.

He blamed both officials for severely neglecting their duties.

Fernando resigned from his post on Thursday following a request by the president. The President has requested the police chief to resign as well.

He said until the 12th of April, this information was passed around and action will be taken against all officials who neglected their duties.

Mr Sirisena assured that security forces are capable of wiping out terrorism from the nation.

Seven people were arrested along with explosives and suicide vests in the eastern province on Friday evening as the situation remained tense over further attacks. curfew will be in place from 10 PM to 4 AM.