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Sri Lanka police chief resigns over bombings - president

The resignation comes after the country's top defence ministry official, defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on Thursday.

Sri Lankan security personnel inspect the debris of a car after it explodes when police tried to defuse a bomb near St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on 22 April 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Picture: AFP

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's top police official, Inspector-General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, has resigned over failures that led to the deadly Easter bomb attacks, the country's president said Friday.

"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.

Sirisena's nominee has to be confirmed by a constitutional council.

The resignation comes after the country's top defence ministry official, defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on Thursday.