Pujith Jayasundara, Sri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police, has resigned over failures that led to the deadly Easter bomb attacks that led to the death of over 300 people.
The resignation comes after the country’s top defence ministry official, defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on Thursday.
“The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters.
Sri Lanka’s president also said investigations into civil war-era human rights abuses weakened the country’s security apparatus and left it vulnerable to last Sunday’s suicide bomb attacks, as members of the government continued to try to diffuse blame for the attacks.
Maithripala Sirisena told Sri Lankan media outlets on Friday morning that there were up to 140 supporters of Islamic State in the country and that about 70 had been arrested.
“I will stamp out Isis from Sri Lanka,” he said. “Our police and security forces are capable of achieving this.”
Police said Mohamed Zahran Hashim, an extremist preacher who appeared in a video this week pledging allegiance to Islamic State, was among the attackers. They said he detonated his bomb in the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on Sunday morning.