Less than an hour ago, Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne held a news conference in Colombo after a cabinet security meeting. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne stressed that there was “an international network,” without which the attacks “could not have succeeded.”. The Unshackled has tallied up a total of 24 arrested in connection with the attacks, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings.
“We do not believe these
attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,”
Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne said
It’s now a global investigation into who is behind the bloody Easter Sunday attacks. This global manhunt is adding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s police special task force and already deployed military special unit which has been tasked to investigate who was behind the attacks and their agenda.
Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne also revealed in the news conference that there was a letter, over 10 days ago, to the Police Chief informing officials to “tighten security for VIPs”. Separate said the cabinet only had access to reports of possible attacks after the assaults.
“Unfortunately, despite all these revelations by the intelligence units we could not avert these attacks,” Senaratne, who is also the Cabinet spokesman, said.
- Three churches located in Kochichikade in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa targeted during Easter services
- Three five star hotels targeted in Colombo – Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury
- Death toll rises to 290, says police spokesperson
- Over 500 injured, according to Colombo hospital
- No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks
- The government on Monday declared April 23 as a day of national mourning following the worst attack in the Indian Ocean island nation since its civil war ended a decade ago.