Police told to investigate claims on threat to US Embassy

The Police have been instructed to investigate claims of a threat to the US Embassy in Colombo, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.

He said that a weekend newspaper had reported that there was a threat to the US Embassy from Islamic State rebels.

The Prime Minister said that the newspaper claims it has information on the threat but yet the US Embassy is unaware of such a threat.

Wickremesinghe said he had instructed the Police to investigate the media report and if there is such a threat to take appropriate action to protect the Embassy.

The weekend newspaper had reported that Islamic State rebels were preparing to hijack a small plane in Colombo and crash it into the Embassy. (Colombo Gazette)