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Asia & Pacific I Sri Lanka’s president orders two top national security officials to step down after the Easter attacks that killed 359

By Joanna Slater and 4-5 minutes Sri Lanka's state minister of defense, Ruwan Wijewardene (L), speaks during a news conference in Colombo on April 24, 2019. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images) BREAKING: President Maithripala Sirisena has asked for the resignations of the country’s police chief and defense secretary as furor grows over the government’s handling of advance intelligence related to the bombings. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Nine suicide bombers, including a married couple, carried out the devastating Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people, authorities said Wednesday, revealing new details about the network behind the string of bombings. Eight of the attackers have been identified, said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera. The group included two brothers and a woman, who blew herself up on Sunday when police closed in on a house in the capital, Colombo. Ruwan Wijewardene, the state minister for