Sri Lanka’s president has vowed to overhaul state security after several bomb blasts on Sunday killed 359 people and wounded about 500.

 

On Tuesday, Maithripala Sirisena said warnings had not been shared with him and promised “stern action”.

 

The country’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Islamic State (IS) group may be linked to the blasts.

 

Funerals are continuing across the country as people try to process last Sunday’s wave of terror.

 

I.S has claimed the attack, although it did not provide direct evidence of its involvement.

 

On Wednesday, the death toll saw another rise with police giving the latest figure as 359.

 

In a televised address late on Tuesday President Sirisena said he would completely restructure the police and security forces in coming weeks.

 

“The security officials who got the intelligence report from a foreign nation did not share it with me. I have decided to take stern action against these officials.”

 

Report says it was an embarrassing admission by President Sirisena that security officials did not share with him the intelligence report warning about the attacks.

 

With IS claiming responsibility for the attacks, Sri Lanka is now entering uncharted territory, our correspondent explains.

 

Authorities say they are looking into possible links between the local Muslim youths who carried out the suicide bombings and the global jihadist group.

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