Speaking outside St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Housing Sajith Premadasa said the Easter attacks were shocking for the country.
Since the end of the war in 2009, we have not experienced this type of attack so we are extremely disturbed and concerned about this," he said.
“It’s a shock and we will apply shock therapy,” he added later.
Premadasa acknowledged apparent security oversights in the run up to the attacks and said that would be a key part of the investigation now taking place.
Responding to reports of reprisal attacks against Sri Lanka’s Muslim community he said such activity was not widespread and was confident that the “rule of law will prevail.”
The explosion at the shrine appeared to be the work of one suicide bomber, he said.