Govt. didn't expect an attack of this magnitude : Defence Secretary

23 April 2019 - 715   - 3

Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando while referring to the Easter Sunday attacks has said that the government did not expect an attack of this magnitude.

"It was quite impossible to protect a large number of churches last Sunday despite receiving prior information to these attacks," the Defence Secretary told international media yesterday (Apr 23).

Meanwhile, Mr. Fernando said that extensive measures to prevent last Sunday's attacks despite being informed of it previously would have been impossible . "An emergency law is non-functional in this country since Sri Lanka is a democratic country. Therefore there is very little I can do" the Defence Secretary claimed.

Mr. Fernando noted that the state intelligency service had already informed the government of a small but organised and powerful criminal group operating in the country. However, he observed that the FBI has already commenced investigations into the incident while the INTERPOL is expected to arrive in the country today.

The Defence Secretary also said that the government will not provide protection to hotels since it is an aspect which must be looked after by their respective security officials. He said that the government had not provided security to hotels even during the war.

  Comments - 3

  • Mala Tilakaratna Tuesday, 23 April 2019 09:20 AM

    You don't expect and wait till it happens, you have to take action. You are and your leader should resign. You are responsible for 290 deaths 500 injured. Not the government - you both should compensate them.

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    D.A. Wijesinghe Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:29 AM

    It is indeed shocking to hear from the Defence Secretary that the "Government cannot protect a large number of Churches" and that the Government "will not provide protection to Hotels" . This in itself an endorsement that the Government cannot and will not protect its people and their property. One wonders whether the Defence Secretary is expressing his own limited personal opinion or that of the Government. A statement of this nature will do a great deal of harm to the image and reputation of our beloved Armed Forces and the Police. I hope a Government Spokesman will correct this sad situation straightaway.

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    Namal Tuesday, 23 April 2019 07:38 PM

    Useless people. Go home. It is better to have an A'Level student as the Defence Secretary.

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