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4/25, 3:44 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Sri Lanka defense minister quits over Easter attacks

Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on Thursday over the Easter Sunday attacks that rocked the nation last weekend. The country's President Maithripala Sirisena previously asked Fernando to step down from his post in the aftermath of the blasts that killed 359 people.

Sri Lankan officials admitted to a massive intelligence failure earlier this week as authorities were alerted about the attacks two weeks beforehand and had the names of the attackers. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was not notified. A second warning came a day before the attacks took place across the country, while the third alert came 10 minutes before the deadly blasts.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Breaking the News / JC