Sri Lankan politicians blame government for ignoring India’s intelligence on church bombings

Weeks before the Easter bombings, India shared intelligence with Sri Lanka in a detailed advisory warning suicide attacks. The advisory also included the group involved, the names of its leader and other members. A series of explosions on Sunday targeted hotels and churches, killing 359 people and injuring more than 500. Since the explosions, the Lankan police have arrested 60 suspects who may have been involved in the attacks.

The three page detailed advisory sent to Sri Lanka mentions the group involved behind the attacks as the National Thowheeth Jama’ath. The information shared also had the whereabouts of those involved, their address, phone numbers, hideouts and background. The advisory was sent on the 11th of April also mentioned the targets.

However, prima facie it seems the Lankan authorities never acted on the information shared.

The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are talking quite the opposite. The Prime Minister claims to have received credible information from Indian authorities, which the President denied. However, the PM Wickremesinghe admitted negligence, stating the information was not shared “down the line”.

Meanwhile, the President Maithripala Sirisena who was out of the nation during the attacks — firmly asked the resignation of the country’s defence secretary and police chief. A minister in the government Lakshman Kiriella, said the information was deliberately withheld starting a blame game over the attacks.

Three days after the attack, the Islamic State (ISIS) had claimed responsibility. However, they were yet to provide any evidence to back up their claims. The US agency, FBI joined the investigations to assist Sri Lanka. Investigators say that there were nine bombers one of them was a woman. Several of them were well educated and had travelled in foreign nations.

 Source : Various