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Members of Sri Lanka’s prime minister’s cabinet revealed Sunday that Indian authorities warned their intelligence officials in advance of Sunday’s deadly jihadist bombings targeting Christians, but that warning never made it to the prime minister’s office.
The senior officials demanded answers from President Maithripala Sirisena on how much information they had about the radical Islamist threat and why police were unable to prevent it from happening, directing attention from the six bombings on Easter Sunday – with a mounting death toll currently standing at 290 – back to the constitutional crisis that paralyzed Sri Lankan politics late last year and left the country with a president and prime minister running nearly parallel governments.
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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe survived an attempt by Sirisena in November to replace him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president many in the country and abroad deride as a “war criminal” for crushing a Tamil minority insurgency to end the nation’s 26-year-old civil war in 2009. Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa served as dueling prime ministers for nearly a month before the Supreme Court found that Sirisena did not have the constitutional authority to replace Wickremesinghe.
In the aftermath of that dispute, Sirisena has allegedly kept Wickremesinghe and his staff out of major intelligence meetings, leaving them uninformed regarding ongoing threats. The situation may have prevented Sri Lankan authorities from properly dealing with National Thowheeth Jama’ath, the nascent jihadist group police believe responsible for the Easter bombings.
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Sri Lanka’s Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment & Sports Harin Fernando published documents on Twitter Sunday that he claimed warned Sri Lankan authorities that local jihadist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath was planning an imminent attack.
“Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence,” he wrote. “Serious action needs to be taken as to why this was ignored.”
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Mano Ganeshan, the minister for national integration, made the...
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