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We are vigilant about IS fundamentalists: Ruwan

12 July 2019 08:25 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday warned that there could still be individuals who have a leaning towards Islamic State (IS) ideology who could launch more attacks but assured that law enforcement authorities are vigilant of such a scenario.

Responding to a question by a journalist during an event held to commemorate war hero Hasalaka Gamini, the State Minister said IS fundamentalists had carried out attacks not only in Sri Lanka but also in England, Europe, America and Australia.

"We have eliminated Zahran’s group in Sri Lanka and those who remain have been arrested. However, there is a possibility of individuals who have a tendency to lean towards IS ideology planning their own attacks.

I am not saying such incidents would take place. But there is a possibility. We cannot deny that because such incidents have taken place in other countries as well,” he said.

However, he said the Defence Ministry, tri-forces, the police and the Intelligence services in the country have always been vigilant about such individuals and would work to ensure the safety of the public.

Commenting on the present security situation in the country, the State Minister said he was satisfied with the situation. D. S. B.

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  Comments - 3

  • Kumar, Lawyer Friday, 12 July 2019 08:50 AM

    What is puzzling about the Easter attack against the Catholics is the absence of motive, as there has never been any quarrel between the Muslims and Catholics in Sri Lanka prior to this single day multiple incidents.

    suresh Friday, 12 July 2019 08:56 AM

    Yes we saw how vigilant you all were about your own security

    Rex Friday, 12 July 2019 12:24 PM

    Some western countries have stripped their ISIS fighters of their citizenship, and not allowing them to return from Syria. Perhaps we should have done the same.


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