Sirisena also said a clear report about a possible terror attack was sent by Indian intelligence agencies to their Sri Lankan counterparts 17 days prior to the April 21 bombings but he was not informed about it. "Had I known about a possible attack, I would have taken necessary steps to prevent it," Sirisena said during a media interaction.
If the image of Sri Lanka as resilient is not created, and tales of woe are the only messages we give out, it will not enhance our destination image. We can learn from other countries on how to rebound post-disaster.
Easter Sunday bombings: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette banning a number of extremist organisations on Monday. He also prohibited the use of drones in the country until further notice.
"We have already identified all active members of the group and it's a case of now arresting them," Sirisena said, adding that there were a further 25 to 30 "active members" linked to the bombings still at large.
President Sirisena last week said that intelligence failures led to the blasts, the country's worst terror attack. Meanwhile, the police chief has said that he has done nothing wrong and that he would resign if the defence minister resigns as well.