The whole Yahapalana Government including myself should take collective responsibility, over the coordinated terror attacks that occurred on April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks yesterday.
Former Defence Secretary made this statement while responding to a question posed by the representative from the Attorney General's (AG) Department.
“There was no prior warning regarding the presence of suicide bombers in the National Thowheed Jamaath. Before receiving foreign intelligence, Zahran was identified as an extremist preacher and not as a terrorist.”
Fernando also claimed that events leading to the bombings appeared to have been developed over a long period and it was not a sudden incident.
He also added that intelligence reports shared by the State Intelligence Service (SIS) had not referred to a possible threat to the National Security by Zahran and his associates. (Yoshitha Perera)