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Sri Lankan president appoints new defense secretary following Easter blasts

Sri Lankan president appoints new defense secretary following Easter blasts

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Apr 2019, 01:06 pm

Colombo, Apr 29 (Xinhua/UNI) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appointed a former army commander as the island's new defense secretary, the president's media division said.

Sirisena appointed Gen S H S Kottegoda as the new defense secretary following the resignation of former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando who resigned last Thursday over security failures which lead to Easter Sunday's explosions.

Earlier in the day, the president named Deputy Inspector General C.D. Wickramaratne as the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Over 250 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the string of blasts which targeted churches and luxury hotels on April 21.