The president of Cyprus has fired the small island nation’s police chief, saying botched missing person investigations might have allowed a self-confessed serial killer to claim more victims.

President Nicos Anastasiades’ action was made public Friday, the day after Cyprus’ justice minister resigned amid intensifying criticism of police for mistakes in following up on the disappearances of some of the seven foreign women and girls a 35-year-old army captain has told authorities he killed.

In a letter to Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou, Anastasiades said the head of any organization must take responsibility for the actions of subordinates.

A diver is lowered into a man-made lake to search for suitcases containing the bodies of three murdered victims, near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 2, 2019. The justice minister in Cyprus resigned amid mounting criticism that police bungled their investigations when some of the seven foreign women and girls slain by a serial killer were initially reported missing. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A diver is lowered into a man-made lake to search for suitcases containing the bodies of three murdered victims, near the village of Mitsero outside of the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 2, 2019. The justice minister in Cyprus resigned amid mounting criticism that police bungled their investigations when some of the seven foreign women and girls slain by a serial killer were initially reported missing. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The suspect told investigators he disposed of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mineshaft, a poisonous lake and a pit at a military firing range.

Anastasiades has vowed to ensure the island’s foreign workers are better protected.

Cyprus' Justice Minister Ioanas Nicolaou talks to the media after a meeting with Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Nicolaou has resigned over the case of a serial killer who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls amid mounting reports that police had bungled their investigation when some of the victims were initially reported missing. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)
Cyprus’ Justice Minister Ioanas Nicolaou talks to the media after a meeting with Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Nicolaou has resigned over the case of a serial killer who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls amid mounting reports that police had bungled their investigation when some of the victims were initially reported missing. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

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