Military says report warning of ISIS threat not credible

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The military says a report circulating on social media warning of a threat in Sri Lanka, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was not credible.

The Army urged the public not to panic after the report, bearing the seal of a state institution, was shared widely on social media.

The report was said to be an internal memo shared at a state institution and warned of an attack at an economic center.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Chandana Wickramasinghe told the Colombo Gazette the security forces are on alert with regard to such threats.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said that intelligence agencies have not received such information related to extremist threats in Sri Lanka.

He said in a statement that national security of the country had not been overlooked while deploying security forces and Police personnel to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Defence Secretary said that all intelligence agencies, which were brought under one network under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Government, had been fully strengthened to be alert on internal and external security threats.

Following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in 2019, similar claims of a security threat had been circulating, but have not been verified. (Colombo Gazette)

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