Government reiterates there is no threat to National security

Karunasena HettiarachchiThe Government today reiterated that there was no threat to the country’s national security despite allegations by the opposition that the LTTE may try to regroup, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Opposition parliamentarian and former president’s son, Namal Rajapakse tweeted that the recovery of a suicide jacket and explosives from a house in the North earlier in the day raised questions if the LTTE was trying to regroup.

However, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi told Xinhua that the recovery was “nothing extraordinary” as such explosives and ammunition were hidden by the rebels during the war period.

“We recover various kind of ammunition very often as these were all hidden by the LTTE during the war. So the question of our national security being threatened does not arise,” Hettiarachchi said.

In addition to the suicide jacket, police also discovered a stock of explosives and bullets which were hidden in a house in Chawakachcheri, in the north.

The opposition has called on the Government to take responsibility for the “breakdown in security” and take control of the escalating crime rate. (Colombo Gazette)


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