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  • US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells calls on Mahinda

    US Assistant Secretary Alice Wells calls on Mahinda

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  • SLPP leadership handed to Mahinda Rajapaksa

    SLPP leadership handed to Mahinda Rajapaksa

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  • Govt plans to sign agreements violating the constitution: Dinesh charges

    Govt plans to sign agreements violating the constitution: Dinesh charges

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  • Navin Dissanayake at Naga Vihara

    Navin Dissanayake at Naga Vihara

    Plantation Minister Navin Eranjan Dissanayake visited Yarl Naga Vihara on Saturday, August 10 during his visit to Jaffna.
 

No stone will be left unturned in govt’s quest to apprehend culprits of heinous attacks: State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene

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The State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene has given an assurance that no stone will be left unturned in the government’s quest to apprehend and punish anyone involved in this heinous attack.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene was making a special statement in Parliament. In the course of his statement, Wijewardene said:

“It is with deep regret and shame that I state that there was a massive lapse in the security set up leading to the Easter Sunday attack. It is evident that the intelligence services had prior knowledge of an impending attack on churches and had informed relevant officials. However, this information was shared only among a few officials.

I must categorically state that the Prime Minister and myself, as the State Defence Minister did not receive any information on these intelligence reports. Nor was the information shared with the tri-forces commanders.

While the President was away on a foreign visit, it is baffling as to why neither the Prime Minister nor I was informed of such a threat. It is regrettable that until yesterday, both the Prime Minister and I had not been included in the Security Council meetings from last October.

We believe that that attacks were carried out by an extremist Islamic group in retaliation to the Christchurch mosque massacre in New Zealand. This group is known to have links to an organization named the National Thowheed Jamath. We should take immediate steps to ban such organizations that have links to extremist elements. We must take immediate action against any extremist group operating in Sri Lanka. These atrocities were committed by a group not motivated by religion, but driven by revenge, blinded by hate and with evil intent.

Many Muslim groups have extended their fullest support and cooperation to the ongoing investigations. They encourage the police and the security forces to take all necessary actions against these radical elements. I urge everyone to cooperate with the police and security forces in their investigations by maintaining peace.

I stand here today with a heavy heart. The peace and tranquillity of this beautiful land that we have enjoyed and worked so hard to protect was destroyed in a matter of minutes by group of ruthless terrorists. Easter Sunday is the day Catholics and Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is a holy day, a day for families to gather in churches for peaceful prayer.

However this peace and tranquillity was shattered by a series of devastating suicide attacks by extremists, on Churches and hotels across this land. Countless innocent lives have been lost and families were torn apart. 321 precious lives were lost and over 500 persons injured. I too have lost dear and close friends in this explosion at the Shanghai-La hotel. I believe most of us here know of someone who’s been affected by these attacks.

I take this opportunity to extend my profound sympathies to all who are affected by these gruesome incidents. Meanwhile, at yesterday’s Security Council meeting chaired by the President said that an inquiry will be conducted to assess the security lapse. The Security Council also took a decision to impose a state of emergency to allow proper investigations to be carried out. Among the deceased there are 37 foreign nationals. I extend my heartfelt condolences to all their family members and respective national leaders. I must also thank all the foreign leaders who are standing with us during this trying time. Many of these countries have offered their assistance for the ongoing investigations.

This country and our people have suffered enough, we must not let extremism drag us down. It may take years and decades for our wounds to heal but like the Christ’s resurrection, we too shall rise and we shall overcome.”

 

 

 

 

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