Apr 25, 2019

Sri Lanka defense secretary resigns after Easter Sunday suicide bombings

In this image, a soldier stands with a gun pointed at the ground behind yellow tape.

Security outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo three days after the Easter Sunday attack. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka's defense secretary has resigned at the request of President Maithripala Sirisena amid concerns that the government did not act on intelligence-based warnings before the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, the AP reports.

Between the lines: Indian intelligence officials warned the government of a pending attack as early as April 4, with one police official sending a memo to Sri Lankan security agencies on April 11 alerting them to the threat of suicide bombings at churches, the New York Times has reported. Officials are also warning of a possible new attack by the same terrorist group targeting Sufi shrines, according to a letter obtained by the Times. The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka issued a warning Thursday to avoid "places of worship" this weekend.

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