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We had intel that could have stopped attacks – Sri Lanka PM

We had intel that could have stopped attacks – Sri Lanka PM

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The Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people could have been prevented if key intelligence had been passed on correctly, the prime minister has admitted.Eight Britons were among those who died in a series of blasts across the country targeting churches and hotels, with more than 500 people in total left injured. Police have been investigating whether warnings of attacks were ignored or missed before the violence began, and now Ranil Wickremesinghe has confirmed there was a "breakdown of communication". ...
Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

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Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka's leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday's bombings.Attacks on churches and hotels killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500.Security agencies had been watching the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group, reports said, and had notified police about a possible attack.But the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the cabinet were not informed, ministers said.A 'colossal intelligence failure'The prime minister was not privy to security briefings following a rift last year with President Maithripala Sirisena, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told a press conference.Mr Sirisena sacked Mr Wickremesinghe and his cabinet in October an...
Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

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More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in nine bombings that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said most of the bombings were believed to have been suicide attacks. The explosions — most of them in or around Colombo, the capital — collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms. Victims wer
Sri Lanka v England: Moeen Ali and Jack Leach wrap up series win for tourists

Sri Lanka v England: Moeen Ali and Jack Leach wrap up series win for tourists

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Second Test, Pallekele (day five)England 290 (Curran 64, Perera 4-61) & 346 (Root 124, Foakes 65*, Akila 6-115)Sri Lanka 336 (Silva 85) & 243 (Mathews 88, Leach 5-83, Moeen 4-72)England won by 57 runsScorecardEngland claimed their first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001 with a 57-run victory in the second Test.The hosts started day five in Pallekele on 226-7, needing 75 more, and calmly added 14 in 28 balls.But Moeen Ali drew Niroshan Dickwella into edging to first slip for 35, before bowling captain Suranga Lakmal two balls later for a duck. Jack Leach removed Malinda Pushpakumara to bowl Sri Lanka out for 243 and claim his maiden Test five-wicket haul.England lead the three-match s...
Sri Lanka vs England live commentary: Joe Root’s side need three more wickets as rain stops play in Kandy – live updates

Sri Lanka vs England live commentary: Joe Root’s side need three more wickets as rain stops play in Kandy – live updates

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OVER 65: SRI LANKA 226-6 (Dickwella 27, Dilruwan 2) – It’s all happening now. Moeen gets one to jag back in at Dilruwan and it pops up off his bat/pad. They appeal loudly, asking for either. Erasmus doesn’t fancy it and Root decides not to send this one upstairs. A well-run two off the last as Dickwella goes hard with the reverse-sweep, to big cheers from the home contingent. Let's block ads! (Why?) talkSPORT