Sri Lanka police chief arrested over Easter attacks failures

Two officials were arrested a day after the attorney general said their failure to heed security warnings amounted to a crime against humanity.

FILE: Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on 21 April 2019. Picture: AFP

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan police Tuesday arrested their top commander and a former defence chief over their alleged failures to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people, spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

He said Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara and former defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando were arrested a day after the attorney general said their failure to heed security warnings amounted to a crime against humanity.