Foreign Affairs
President of Sri Lanka promises major changes in national security

The President of Sri Lanka has promised to make major changes to the country’s national security forces after 359 people were killed and another 500 injured in a number of bomb explosions on Easter Sunday. UNICEF said that among the victims there are 45 children.

Late on Tuesday evening, President Maithripala Sirisena announced major changes in the leadership of the security forces which would come into effect within 24 hours. He said that he had not been informed of reports that there had been threats of possible attacks, and promised that action would be taken against these officials.

The country’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said that it could be that the so-called Islamic State was behind eight of the explosions. He said that the Government believes that the attacks on Sunday could not have occurred without help from terrorist groups from outside the country.

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