Officials Purposefully Withheld Intel On Attacks: Sri Lankan Minister

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Colombo: A leader of the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday said Senior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a series of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people.

“Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Lakshman Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament.

The Minister added that information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians in Sri Lanka were received from Indian intelligence on April 4 and a Security Council meeting was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena on April 7, but the information was not shared more widely.

“Somebody is controlling these top intelligence officials,” the minister said. “The Security Council is doing politics. We need to investigate into this,” Kiriella said.

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