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President denies prior knowledge of Easter attack

A new National Security Committee had to be established with bi-weekly meetings following media leaks on the sittings of its previous incarnation the Security Council, President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted today (30).

In the tweet posted this afternoon, Sirisena denied that he was briefed at a meeting held with senior Police officers on 19 April about intelligence on an attack on Easter Sunday.

“I reject reports that I was informed,” he said.

In a separate statement released to the media, Sirisena reiterated that, at the meeting with senior police officer that ran for over two hours, no official had briefed him on information on a plot to carry out the attack.

Inspector General of Police (IGP)Pujith Jayasundara, nor any other official had informed him of intelligence shared by a friendly foreign nation, added Sirisena.

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