Sri Lankan President Sirisena visits St Sebastian’s Church; assures action

Prime News, International, Colombo, April 24:- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday visited the St Sebastian’s Church here where scores of devotees were killed in Easter Sunday’s terror attacks, to inquire into the present situation and inspect damages caused to the church.

On Easter Sunday suicide bombers attacked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 321 and wounding over 500.

Government officials said the attacks were carried out by Sri Lankan citizens associated with National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a local militant Islamist group. Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for the attacks.

President Sirisena met with the Parish Priest Fr Srilal Fonseka and extended his deepest condolences to him and towards all the Catholics in the area.

President Sirisena also inquired regarding the reconstruction works of the church and stated that he has given instructions to the Sri Lankan Army to complete those constructions works as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the President has assured the nation that he would take steps to curtail terrorism and bring back normalcy swiftly. He said he will make immediate changes in the high-security positions as there was negligence in carrying out responsibilities.

President Sirisena said although there was an intelligence report about the attacks, he was not informed about them.

Earlier, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said security forces are trying to prevent further attacks. He said that India has shared specific intelligence about the attacks and that there is strong cooperation between the two countries on terrorism. The investigations are on to probe ISIS links, Prime Minister added. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)


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