Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told Sky News the country’s government knew Sri Lankan nationals who had joined Islamic State had returned to the country but they could not be arrested as joining a foreign terrorist organization is not against the law.
Suicide bombers struck hotels and churches in the Colombo area and the eastern city of Batticaloa. Hundreds were injured, officials said.
Most of those killed were Sri Lankans, but dozens of foreigners were also casualties, officials said. There were a suspected nine attackers.
The Prime Minister also said he has not considered resigning after the bombings in the country on Easter Sunday which have killed at least 359 people, now revised to 253 after error in calculation.
A breakdown in government communications did occur before the bombings on Easter Sunday which killed at least 359 people, the PM added.
Meanwhile Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has tendered his resignation to President Maithripala Sirisena today.