April 24, 2019 / 10:15 AM / a month ago

Sri Lankan president asks police chief, defence minister to quit following attacks

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena speaks during a meeting with Foreign Correspondents Association at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the police chief and defence secretary to quit following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 359 people, two sources close to the president said on Wednesday.

The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter amid accusations within the government of intelligence failures ahead of the attacks.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Darren Schuettler

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