WORLD Sri Lanka's top defense official quits: ministry source

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Sri Lanka's top defense official quits: ministry source

AFP

04:54, April 26, 2019

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An ambulance outside of the church premises with security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

Sri Lanka's top defense ministry official quit Thursday, taking responsibility for security failures that led to suicide bombings that killed nearly 360 people, a ministry official said.

Hemasiri Fernando, the most senior bureaucrat at the ministry, sent a letter of resignation to President Maithripala Sirisena, the official said.

"He told the president that he was accepting responsibility and resigning so that the president can make a new appointment," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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