Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe apologised to the public
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday apologised to the public for failing to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that left 253 people dead and several hundreds injured.
A series of eight coordinated blasts ripped through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country's deadliest violence since the civil war ended in 2009.
The attacks have exposed a massive intelligence failure in Sri Lanka. The country's police chief Pujith Jayasundara and defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando have both resigned over their failure to prevent the blasts despite having prior intelligence.
In a tweet, Mr Wickremesinghe said, "We take collective responsibility and apologise to our fellow citizens for our failure to protect victims of these tragic events."
"We pledge to rebuild our churches, revive our economy, and take all measures to prevent terrorism, with the support of the international community," he added.
The ISIS terror group claimed responsibility for the attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels but the government has blamed a local terror group, National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ), for the bombings.
On Thursday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said Indian authorities shared "actionable" intelligence with Sri Lanka before the serial blasts in the neighbouring country.
"Desired and actionable inputs were shared with the authorities in Sri Lanka prior to the blasts. But unfortunately, they (plotters) succeeded," Mr Singh had said.