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Russian Ambassador Yury B. Materiy apprised Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara about terrorist financing activities by extremist groups under the pretext of providing COVID-19 aid.

The Minister called on the Ambassador on December 24 and discussed bilateral cooperation and assistance in view of the containment of COVID-19.

According to reports, the Ambassador said many extremist groups were sending money for terrorist activities under the pretext of providing humanitarian assistance to various organisations and charities.

The Ambassador requested the minister to work closely with his counterpart in Russia to marginalise such groups. The Minister, in response to the Ambassador, said a strategy was worked out after the end of the civil war to increase the intelligence units from three to seven. He recalled that 160 ‘Madrasa scholars’ were deported after they were found spreading extremism.

However, he said the 2015/2019 government dismantled such intelligence operations enabling the extremist groups to regain their strength.

The Minister responding to the Ambassador about the progress made into Easter Sunday‘s attacks, said that 267 suspects had been remanded in connection with eight bomb explosions.

He said criminal investigations had been completed and the files had been handed over to the Attorney General for further action. (KELUM BANDARA)

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  • Ananda Monday, 28 December 2020 07:17 AM

    Yes, when Gota seeker asylum in the US, the country was great. Putin is so democratic and China is the best friend.

    Tamil Monday, 28 December 2020 07:42 AM

    Only in a third world country a government minister would visit to see an Ambassador from a major country, but the universal diplomatic protocol is the other way around.

    Mm Monday, 28 December 2020 08:14 AM

    Not yet solved and arrested the master minds of Easter Sunday attacks and now another drama

    Sokrates Monday, 28 December 2020 08:27 AM

    This statement comes from a country whose secret service is poisoning opponents worldwide.

    Prussian Monday, 28 December 2020 08:29 AM

    From Russia with love!!??

    Man Monday, 28 December 2020 11:05 AM

    Now the minister got a job to prove his capability without any reasonable doubt since there is an allegation about the sounds of gunfire who had never heard.

    gowri kandiah Monday, 28 December 2020 11:06 AM

    Matermind of Easter Sunday still at Large and there are some news about money paid to a higher official during that time out of Sri lanka to hinder the attack. What are your comments my dear,

    Pantha Kumaran Monday, 28 December 2020 04:54 PM

    How could a country like Russia advice us and feeding wrong information. Sarath Weerasekera is a racist and this news is a sweet message.

    P Tilak Monday, 28 December 2020 05:04 PM

    Please ,please minister ,DO NOT GET CLOSE TO THE RUS. PEOPLE , THEY ARE THE MASTERS OF KILLING OPPONENTS WITH CHEMICAL INJACTIONS, There are ample evidence in western countries, 2 in UK.

    Buddhist Monday, 28 December 2020 06:54 PM

    Minister is only big talker, what has he done about Islamic Campus in Batticaloa?

    Lakminiha Tuesday, 29 December 2020 07:35 AM

    It has been quarantined.

    Ganudenu Tuesday, 29 December 2020 07:50 AM

    Ask who was the mastermind from the 20th amendment supporting traitors.

    Rumi Raheem Tuesday, 29 December 2020 08:27 AM

    If only the Indian intelligence reports were splashed in the front pages of the news papers last April, those 297 Sri Lankans could have been alive today.

    MN Wednesday, 30 December 2020 10:12 AM

    Recent Mawanella incedent ,indicates terrorists planing to do road ambushes,don't wait till it happens,those swords found is not all,some still with extremists

    Aari Arjun Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:04 PM

    Can anybody live in a country like Russia and send money for illegal activities?Russia wants to be sarcastic on the new year.Joke for the upcoming new year.

    Roni de mel Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:27 PM

    Racist advise from a racist country


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