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The army chief criticises police – warning of the attack did not materialize

Sunday's coordinated suicide attacks on catholic churches and hotels with the westerners had on Monday claimed at least 290 lives. More than 500 have been inju

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The army chief criticises police – warning of the attack did not materialize

Sunday's coordinated suicide attacks on catholic churches and hotels with the westerners had on Monday claimed at least 290 lives. More than 500 have been injured.

confirmed to the news agency AP that six of the eight attacks so far have been linked to seven suicide bombers. On Monday, was also published övervakningsbilder of a man with a huge backpack when he is on the path towards, and then into, the Saint Sebastian church in Katuwapitiyadistriktet just before the attack.

Prime minister Wickremesinghe assured, after he visited several of the churches attacked, that the terrorists would not destabilise Sri Lanka:

"We will not allow terrorism to grow," said Ranil Wickremesinghe and promised to take the help of other countries to prevent this in the future, write to the sri lankan newspaper the Colombo Page.

there are Already international polisorganet Interpol on the way to Sri Lanka.

also to the families of the victims will receive compensation from the authorities as well as to all the churches that were damaged in the attacks will be repaired at the state expense.

Sri Lanka was over Monday, a country in shock after Sunday's terrorist attacks. Information to authorities on 11 april received a tip that a widespread attack could be on the way to be carried out has also shaken many, and the prime minister promised on Monday that the data will be investigated.

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the coordination has been fierce during the day. This is then one of Sri Lanka's government ministers published a letter in which the authorities warned that the churches and other buildings could be subject to a terrorist attack.

On Monday called the country's chief of staff, general Mahesh Senanayake, it happened for a ”underrättelsemiss” and also said that the police, who received the alert, not brought it on to the army, write the Colombo Gazette.

Despite the warning came the attacks as a surprise to the authorities:

"We had never expected an attack of this magnitude," said defense secretary Hemasiri Fernandovid a press conference on Monday.

lasted for the full even on Monday. The authorities have pointed out the local islamist group National Thowheed Jamath, NTJ, to be behind the attacks and, so far, 27 people have been arrested suspected of involvement in the terrorist attacks, said Ruwan Gunasekara, a police spokesman in Colombo.

Just before the clock 16 on Monday, local time, controlled the police a white van that was parked on the Jampattagatan near Saint Anthony church, Colombo. This then a person that have been told about it in an interrogation.

According to the police information to the local media, it should have been four cylinders coupled to a time trigger in the cargo area of the vehicle. The car was by the police, leading many to believe that a new attack had occurred. During the day was found in addition, 87 detonators abandoned at a bus stop in Colombo as well as a two-metre-long the us team can on the way to the airport.

into another van, which proved to contain a självmordsbälte, parked in Wellawattedistriktet in western Colombo. The new findings show that Sunday's attacks could have been even more extensive.

Sources in the us the state the Pentagon tells CNN that the who carried out the attacks may have been inspired by terrorist organisations IS.

According to the local newspaper the Daily Mirror, which quotes the country's minister of infrastructure Kabir Hashim, one of the suicide bombers have been arrested last Sunday in connection with a number of buddha statues in the village of Mawanella, east of Colombo, was vandalized.

was on the påskledighet when the attacks occurred, but has extrainkallats, and will be collected on Tuesday, which also called for a national day of mourning.

On Friday, prime minister Wickremesinghe also a meeting with ambassadors and officials from 46 countries to over one hour to discuss the weekend's attack, in which 39 foreigners were killed. These came from India, Portugal, Turkey, Netherlands, Uk, USA, China, Denmark and Japan.

there is currently a state of emergency between 20 pm and 04 in the morning.

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