Sri Lanka Doesn’t Need Foreign Armies: Minister

Sri Lanka


Colombo: Sri Lanka has no requirement to bring in the US Army or armies of other countries in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. His comments came as the country witnessed a spate of attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops as well as mosques following the April 21 killings by Islamist militants on three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations which claimed over 250 lives.

The carnage was blamed by the Sri Lankan government on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath which is believed to have ties with the Islamic State (IS) terror group. The IS claimed the attacks. He said only the intelligence expertise of foreign countries was sought to contain the terror situation in the country. The Minister also claimed that security had been restored in the country. (IANS)