Sirisena’s move could escalate political tensions over the ongoing parliamentary probe [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Sri Lanka‘s President Maithripala Sirisena has fired the country’s chief of national intelligence after he suggested that the president was forewarned about the deadly Easter bombings.

Indian intelligence agents sent several warnings to Sri Lankan authorities that a plot was under way, but Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have both said they were not briefed about the warnings before the April 21 attacks, claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

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A parliamentary select committee, led by allies of Sirisena’s rival Wickremesinghe, is investigating possible lapses that allowed the fighters to target hotels and churches, in which over 250

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