Islamic State fighters

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) states that the country’s security forces remain fully alert to counter the emergence of any activities by the Islamic State (IS) in Sri Lanka.

Issuing a media release, the MOD states that it has been brought to the notice of the ministry that some recently-published media reports were attributing to the presence of Islamic State (IS) terrorist members in the country and their alleged links with the ISIS organization.

“Security Forces and all Intelligence wings wish to give a categorical assurance that they are on full alert to the possibilities of such links or emergence of IS groups round the clock as it is the prime responsibility of the Security Forces and National Intelligence,” the statement added.

The MOD also noted that revelations in media reports, some with – vital and sensitive information, often tend to become counterproductive and could jeopardize the efforts to identify such elements.

“However, the situation is in no way a cause for alarm or panic, and any information to that effect as of now cannot be divulged to the media since such intelligence is yet to be analyzed, evaluated and properly established,” the statement emphasized.