No evidence of ISIL operations in Sri Lanka

Government officials say there is no concrete evidence to suggest armed group was operating in Sri Lanka

No evidence of ISIL operations in Sri Lanka

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sri Lanka's new government on Monday said there was no evidence to back claims that the ISIL group was operating in the island nation.

Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said while there were reports of a Sri Lankan man joining the ISIL, there was no concrete evidence to suggest the group was operating in Sri Lanka.

A Sri Lankan national who was better known as Abu Shuraih Sailani in the ISIL organization was killed in an airstrike in Syria in July while fighting for the armed group. He was allegedly the first Sri Lankan member in the ISIL.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe had soon after instructed the police to arrest and question the family members of the suspected fighter and investigate what links he had with the ISIL fighters.

Meanwhile, Hettiarachchi told reporters that the country's national security would not be relaxed and the military would remain alert for potential threats from domestic and foreign elements.

Last Mod: 14 Eylül 2015, 12:04
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