Sri Lanka votes for new leader in shadow of Easter Sunday attack

SRI LANKA – People here were going to the polls to choose their new leader, seven months after a devastating terror Easter Sunday bombings killed over 250 people. 

A total of 35 candidates are vying for votes in the presidential election, the third since the end of the country’s decades-long civil war in 2009.

The attack by Islamic State militants, which targeted churches and top-end hotels, left at least 253 people dead.   

The government was forced to later admit it had suffered a “major intelligence lapse,” with the defense secretary, revealing an Indian intelligence warning from the beginning of the month about planned attacks was not properly shared by the authorities.(BBC)


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