The Defence Ministry urged the public not to be misled by certain posts circulating on social media platforms regarding threats posed to the country by extremist elements

“The intelligence agencies have not received any information related to extremist threats to Sri Lanka,” Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said in a statement.

He reiterated that the national security of the country had not been overlooked while deploying Security Forces and Police personnel to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

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

“The Sri Lanka Navy, which has been affected with its sailors getting infected with the coronavirus while fighting to control its spread, is fully engaged in nabbing drug traffickers operating locally and internationally. The military and Police is also engaged in controlling organised crimes and dealing with any other forms of terrorism,” he said.