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Sri Lankan leaders call on officials' incineration as Easter murder bombers who turned out to be “well-educated” people who studied abroad

Sri Lanka's president has demanded that the country's defense secretary and national police chief on Wednesday after officials were recognized have suffered a "big decay" in communications following the Easter day on the bombings, which have left more than 350 people dead. The announcement comes as officials also revealed that the nine suicide bombers responsible for the attacks were "rather well-educated people" who are believed to have studied abroad and graduated in places like the UK and Australia before returning to their homeland. Two of these bombers, they added, were a man and wife duo. "It was a great past in the information exchange," said Deputy Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene until Wednesday, according to AFP, just minutes before the news broke what his boss might be heading out. "The government must take responsibility." It was not immediately clear who would replace the two key persons, but President Maithripala Sirisena said on Tuesday that he intended to change the defense force's chief within 24 hours CLERIC & # 39; MASTERMIND & # 39; KEEP SRI LANKA ATTACKS KNOW FOR HAT FILLED SERMONS, POSSIBLE ISIS LINKS A priest exercises religious rituals during a mass burial for Easter Crash Sacrifices in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday.(AP) The threatening shakeup in Sri Lankan leadership follows serious criticism directed at its government for failing to act on warnings it received about the bombs during the days leading up to the attacks. Its highest officials have issued and then returned many statements in the aftermath, such…

Sri Lanka’s president has demanded that the country’s defense secretary and national police chief on Wednesday after officials were recognized have suffered a “big decay” in communications following the Easter day on the bombings, which have left more than 350 people dead.

The announcement comes as officials also revealed that the nine suicide bombers responsible for the attacks were “rather well-educated people” who are believed to have studied abroad and graduated in places like the UK and Australia before returning to their homeland. Two of these bombers, they added, were a man and wife duo.

“It was a great past in the information exchange,” said Deputy Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene until Wednesday, according to AFP, just minutes before the news broke what his boss might be heading out. “The government must take responsibility.”

It was not immediately clear who would replace the two key persons, but President Maithripala Sirisena said on Tuesday that he intended to change the defense force’s chief within 24 hours

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A priest exercises religious rituals during a mass burial for Easter Crash Sacrifices in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday.
(AP)

The threatening shakeup in Sri Lankan leadership follows serious criticism directed at its government for failing to act on warnings it received about the bombs during the days leading up to the attacks. Its highest officials have issued and then returned many statements in the aftermath, such as bombings and possible ties to a new mass shooting in New Zealand. The statements have often been made without any evidence, giving rise to the confusion, as investigators are still searching for answers. The official death toll on Wednesday increased to 359. “We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did their PhD in Australia before returning and settling in Sri Lanka,” quoted the Guardian Wijeward as saying Wednesday.

“This group of suicide bombers, most are well-educated and come from middle or upper middle class, so they are financially completely independent and their families are fairly stable financially, this is a worrying factor in this” he added. “Some of them I intend to study in various other countries, they hold degrees, LLMs [law degrees] they are quite well-educated people.”

Investigators also told AFP that two of the bombs were sons of a rich spice trader in Colombo – Sri Lanka’s capital and place for many of the attacks. Two others, according to police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara, were a man and wife duo.

The woman, two children and three police say they died in an explosion when the authorities closed in on her late Sunday, hours after the attacks were launched against three churches and three hotels.

This undead image published by the Islamic state group’s Aamaq news agency on Tuesday shows that Mohammed Zahran, although Zahran Hashmi, is the center, says the man Sri Lanka led the Easter attack that killed more than 350 people, as well as other attackers.

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Gunasekara said 60 people have been arrested so far, while US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz confirmed that a team of FBI agents and US military officials helps with the investigation.

Teplitz told reporters Wednesday that “there was clear failure in the system,” but said that the United States had no prior knowledge of a threat before the attacks, the worst violence in the South Asian nation since its civil war ended a decade ago. She described the division into communication between Sri Lankan officials as “incredibly tragic”.

Sources close to the survey told the guardian that up to nine people who are connected to the bombings may still be large. Among those arrested so far are six Pakistani refugees, including two women and two children. A police officer says security film and phone records indicate that the refugees may have been in contact with one of the alleged church bombs, added it.

A view of St. Sebastian’s Church damaged in suicide bombing in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
(AP)

The Sri Lankan authorities had previously blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar, whose leader, alternately named Mohammed Zahran or Zahran Hashmi, became known to Muslim leaders three years ago for his urgent online numbers. Onsewardene said on Wednesday that the attackers had broken from National Towheed Jamaar and another group, which he only identified as “JMI”.

Teplitz declined to discuss whether US officials knew about National Towheed Jamaar or its leaders before the attack. “If we had heard anything, we would have tried to do something about this,” Teplitz said.

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The Wijewards also sided with comments he made on Tuesday that the bombings were retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings of a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, who killed 50 people. He told reporters on Wednesday that the mosque attack may have been a motivation for the bombing, but that there was no direct evidence of it.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she has not received any official advice from Sri Lanka or

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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