The world mourned a deadly bomb attack in Sri Lanka that killed almost 300 people and injured around 500 in Sunday’s Easter ceremony in some churches and hotels.
The country’s local investigators confirmed the role of seven suicide-bomber in the attack targeting three churches, four hotels, and a house.
As Reuters reported on Monday (4/22) a senior official at Sri Lanka’s Forensic Division, Ariyananda Welianga, said, two of the bombers acted in the Shangri La Hotel in Colombo. While the other five carried out their duty in three churches and two different hotels.
However, the tragedy leaves some mysteries and irregularities. Here they are:
- The blockage of social media: The government banned social media to prevent Sri Lankans from spreading false information about the tragedy. However, the policy sparked criticism from internet users as they cannot find information about their relatives and friends after the bombing.
- The numbers of bombs and targets: There were nine bombs in nine locations. However, eight of them exploded in eight places. The ninth bomb, aimed at bombing the Colombo International Airport, was contained by security officials.
- Did the intelligence ignore the warning before the incident?: The Sri Lankan intelligence had sent a warning letter regarding the possible terror attack ten days before the tragedy. However, the security authority tended to ignore the warning. Even the warning came several times starting on April 4, as CBS wrote.
A spokesperson in the country’s police admitted he had not known about the intelligence information despite the fact that the police chief Pujuth Jayasundra issued an intelligence warning that suicide bombers would target prominent churches.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe admitted the early warning, adding that his side had to take a look at why the government did not take immediate actions.
Telecommunication Minister Harin Fernando tweeted that there was a delay in action.
“Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore, there was a delay in action. Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored,” he tweeted.
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