Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Intelligence Chief sacked over Easter Attacks Probe by President

Colombo, June 8 (BAN/ AD): Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis has been sacked by president in wake of Easter Sunday attacks probe. President Sirisena held an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday night to oppose a parliamentary select committee probe into the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners, and wounded nearly 500. 

Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis had also said the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threat from Islamic radicals who carried out the bombings on three hotels and three churches.

President office not yet given a reason for the sacking. Halfway through the testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings was stopped on the president’s orders, official sources said.

Sri Lanka has been going through a turmoil following Easter Sunday attacks. A local jihadist organisation and the ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. A state of emergency has been declared since April 21.

Last week president had said that he had meeting with national police chief and his top brass 13 days before the attacks but no officer alarmed him of any threat information passed on by India.

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