Colombo : The Sri Lankan government has apologized the Intelligence for its failure to act accordingly after receiving a tip off on a possible terrorist attack. The island nation was rocked with terror that rocked on Easter Sunday killing 310 people.
Also read : Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joins BJP
A series of eight coordinated blasts ripped through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists and left 500 people injured in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war ended in 2009.
Government spokesperson Rajitha Seratne said that the warnings about the blasts were received by the government days before the attacks as reported to CNN.
“We saw the warnings and we saw the details given,” he said.
“We are very, very sorry, as a government we have to say – we have to apologise to the families and the institutions about this incident,” Senaratne, is also the health minister, said.
All the families would be compensated and churches rebuilt, he said.
The government is zeroing on the National Tawheed Jamath or NTJ as the possible hand behind the attacks, a little known local Islamist group that defaced Buddhist statues in the past. However no confirmation has come from the group to have a hand on the attacks.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the police have arrested 40 people mostly members of the NIJ-in connection with the blasts.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and pledged to “vest all necessary powers with the defense forces” to act against those responsible.