Sri Lankan police chief alerted about attacks 10 days ago

Coordinated series of suicide bombings rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and at least 290 people were killed with hundreds more wounded. The wave of explosions came following a nationwide alert issued by Sri Lanka police chief about ten days ago that prominent churches are being planned to target.

Minister of parliament in Sri Lanka, Harin Fernando, said serious action need to be taken as why the alert was ignored even after intelligence officers were aware of the attack planning.

The primary religion followed in Sri Lanka is Buddhism and in recent years Christians have been attacked on several occasions. According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka between January and September of 2018 there were a total of 67 attacks on Christians.

Police spokesman said multiple raids have been conducted and several arrests have been made, but it is too early to comment as to who was behind such serial blasts.

Minister of parliament in Sri Lanka, Harin Fernando, said serious action need to be taken as why the alert was ignored even after intelligence officers were aware of the attack planning.

Over the years Sri Lanka has been one of the most dangerous countries for tourists due to terror attacks. The country was under civil war for decades between ruling government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The war officially ended in 2009. Between 1982 and 2009 about 100,000 people were killed.

Meanwhile, at the end of last year the country was divided by a constitutional crisis when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was overthrown by president in October. However, he was reinstated in December.

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