President asks Defense Secretary and IGP to resign

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President has requested the Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to resign.

There were public outrage and backlash against the Defense Secretary and the IGP over the failure to prevent the Easter Day attacks despite receiving prior warnings on an attack.

Accordingly, President Maithripala Sirisena has requested the two officials to resign from the posts.

Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has sent a letter to President calling for immediate arrests of the Defense Secretary and the IGP.

On Easter Sunday (April 21) a series of bombs targeting several churches and hotels in the country had left nearly 360 persons dead and over 500 injured.