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22 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities admit massive security failure

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

We report from St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo – where scores of worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday mass when a suicide bomber detonated his device.

Tonight, amid heartbreaking stories of those lost, Sri Lanka is again under curfew. Sweeping military powers have been given to soldiers to arrest and detain suspects, while social media has been shut down. Government ministers have said the bombers were Sri Lankan – from a local Islamist group – but must have had international support.

They also reveal that security services were warned two and a half weeks ago that an attack was being planned.

Tonight, this massive security failure has devastated families from all over the world.