Sri Lankan officials has admitted a “major intelligence lapse” before the Easter Sunday bomb attacks which killed 359 people and wounded more than 500, a worst attack in the country’s history.
As per the parliament, an Indian intelligence warning from the beginning of the month about planned attacks was not properly shared by the authorities.
President Maithripala Sirisena has moved to axed the defense secretary and inspector general of police.
Eight of the nine attackers have been identified as Sri Lankan citizens.
The government is investigating whether the Islamic State (IS) group was involved in the attacks which targeted churches and high-end hotels.
As per report, one of the attackers once studied in the UK and Australia before returning to Sri Lanka.
“We have to take responsibility because unfortunately if the sharing of the intelligence information had been given to the right people, I think that at least this could have been avoided or even minimized,” said Deputy Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene.
According to parliament leader Lakshman Kiriella, the senior officials had deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks.
“Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully,” he told MPs.
“Information was there but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions.”
He said the Indian tip-off had been received on 4 April but, Reuters news agency says, both the president and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reportedly did not receive it.
President Sirisena replaced Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and took steps to sack the Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara.