Family of Lankan ISI fighter to be grilled

first-Sri-Lankan-killed-in-battle-in-Syria-with-ISPrime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has instructed the police to arrest and question the family members of a Sri Lankan man who had allegedly been killed while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) militants (also known as ISI) in Syria last week.

The militant, known in the IS organization as Abu Shuraih Sailani, was reportedly a former Karate instructor and a principal of an international school in Central Sri Lanka.

A member of the school management told journalists earlier this week that the suspected militant had served for two years as the principal of the school and had suddenly resigned from his job saying he wanted to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He is believed to have been killed in an air strike last week.

Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne told journalists at a media briefing today that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had issued special instructions to the police to hunt down and arrest the suspected militant’s family members and investigate what links he had with the IS militants.

“He has operated using an arbabic name in Syria and on Wednesday, this matter was discussed at the cabinet meeting and the Prime Minister has issued special instructions to arrest and question his family members,” Senaratne said.

When questioned of this issue posed any threat to the country’s national security, Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said that the national security of Sri Lanka would be protected and safeguarded by the military and the armed forces were on 100 percent alert.

“There is no problem where national security is concerned and the Defence Secretary has given specific instructions to the Army, Airforce and Navy commanders to be 100 percent alert where security is concerned,” Brigadier Jayaweera said. (Colombo Gazette)