Former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have been summoned by the President’s Committee investigating the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka to present their case for the deadly terrorist attack.
Nine suicide bombers from the local terrorist group National Thavheed Jamaat carried out several subversive attacks. The IS-associated militant group attacked three churches and many luxury hotels.
Last year, 258 people, including 11 Indians, were killed in the attacks on Easter Sunday. Officials said that Sirisen would appear before the commission on October 5, while Wickremesinghe would appear on October 6. The previous government of Sirisen and Wickremesinghe is accused of being unable to avoid the attack.
Despite intelligence reports about the attack, the assaults could not be stopped. In his election campaign last November, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa advocated a fair investigation into the incident. He continued the investigation of the committee set up by Sirisena after taking office.