Govt. will bring culprits of Easter Sunday attacks to the book soon: Defence Secretary

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The Government would bring all culprits who planned, financed and supported the Easter bombing carnage that killed over 270 and wounded over 500 innocent people on last year’s Easter Sunday, soon, Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said.

Issuing a statement today that marked one-year of the coordinated bomb blasts carried out by a local Islamic extremist group that blew three Christian churches and three hotels in Colombo, he said there would not be any space for any group or individuals to spread extremism in the country.

“We will bring all those who involved in those bomb blasts, irrespective of their social status, political affiliations, ethnicity or religion to the book,” Maj.Gen. Gunaratne said referring to the on-going investigations into Easter Sunday attacks.  

He said under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had pledged to give the top most priority to national security, country’s people would be protected from terrorism and extremism.

“We will not let our people die and suffer in such unfortunate incidents. We have taken all precautionary measures to identify such acts of terrorism or extremism at early stages and taken all necessary actions to bring them before the law,” the Defence Secretary said.

Highlighting the importance of public support and contribution of the intelligence agencies in curbing extremism, he said under the directives of the President the intelligence agencies had been strengthened under a system that brought all intelligence agencies in the country into one fold.

“The Government will do the justice for the people, including the children, who died and living with deadly scares and their families by punishing the culprits and also strengthening the national security,” he said.

Maj.Gen. Gunaratne said according to an assessment done by the President Secretariat and  Defence Ministry, the Easter Sunday bomb blasts occurred year was mainly due to negligence to maintain national security.


  Comments - 18

  • Tamil Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:31 PM

    Yes, we agree. But you are talking too much when we having a far more dangerous crisis for which the doctors are clueless.

    Borat Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:32 PM

    How soon is soon why wait so long like thajudeen affair

    ff Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:32 PM

    There is nothing much to talk about.. Many studies have explained already that previous government's negligence, irresponsibility... So why it is taking such long time to arrest the known culprits..

    harshask Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:36 PM

    How come gamarala got nominations from pohottuwa? The political leadership of the country at that time should be punished too! Why are many Sri Lankans silent about this? Come on!!!!

    Lankan Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:38 PM

    Also bring the people who didn't any action on the intelligence please!

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:42 PM

    We have heard this before but to no avail despite the money and time expended over the past year. Zahran's brother and the other lawyer type are small fry 'salayas'. Give us names of the 'moras' and we will have faith in you.

    Lee Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:43 PM

    Former President should be stripped of all privileges. He has done nothing to deserve all the benefits.

    Nissanka Seneviratne Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:43 PM

    Negligence? Who was responsible for that negligence? Wasn't it Ranil Wickramasinghe, Chandrika, Sirisena. On the other hand the perpetrators are Rishard, Hisbulla and other moslem politicians plus Saudi embassy. Why don't you take them to book and punish? Are politicians immune?

    Dee Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:46 PM

    Please concentrate on the covid19 issue. You claim to have it in full cont.

    Era Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:51 PM

    What was done during the last 6 months? Sudden wake up?

    George Harry Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:57 PM

    Then you say, Ranil Wickremasinghe?

    Chux Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:26 PM

    You also slowly becoming a joke the biggest culprits are in your government

    Ramasamy Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:28 PM

    Sir, pls act we are waiting....

    Parakum Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:27 AM

    This should include Gamarala

    ram Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:27 AM

    Likewise, Tamils should bring war criminals in Sri Lanka to International War Crime Tribunal.

    Joe de silva Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:29 AM

    This drama will go until 2026 But corruption will send under the carpet

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:49 AM


    Anthony Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:38 PM

    The previous Govt killed many due to their Negligence and irresponsibility. Easter sunday attacks.Now history repeats differently and the present Govt demands it Political Power Greed over the lives of the innocent people. Both Same. Shame.

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