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Army Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03 May 2019).


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Navy Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence  General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03 May 2019).


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Air Force Commander calls on the Secretary

The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03 May 2019).


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Political leadership is of extreme importance when fighting terrorism, says British State Minister for Security

The British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace said the political leadership is extremely important to fight against terrorism with international connections.


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Weapons and explosives found during search operations

Combined search operations are continuing in many parts of the country after security measures were tightened in the aftermath of the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings.


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Motherland will be completely freed from clutches of terrorism even at the cost of sacrificing life - President emphasizes at the May Day celebration

President Maithripala Sirisena says the great sorrow emerged in the hearts of all Sri Lankans due to the April 21 tragedy should turn into a strength to eliminate terrorism from the country.


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Army continues with search operations

Sri Lanka Army through its seven formations encompassing the entire country is carrying out search operations to apprehend extremist terrorists.


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Navy to undertake reconstruction of Kochchikade St. Anthony's church

The reconstruction of the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade which was damaged in the Easter Sunday bombing will be carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy.


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Ongoing operations successful

The island wide search operations being carried out by Tri Forces, Police and STF are continuing and security has been tightened.


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Steps to ban covering one's face to prevent identification

President Maithripala Sirisena, under Emergency Regulations, has taken steps to ban from tomorrow (April 29th, 2019), all forms of face covers that may hinder one's identity been ascertained, as a threat to national security and public safety.


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Overall Operational Command, Colombo Established with Immediate Effect

The Army Headquarters Monday (29) evening announced that all Army, Navy, Air Force and Police areas within the Western Province and Puttalam District have been placed under command to the Overall Operational Command - Colombo for operational purposes with immediate effect.


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Key suspects arrested

A total of 44 suspects have been placed under CID custody in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings uptodate.


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New Secretary appointed to the Ministry of Defence

Former Commander of the Army, General S H S Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Defence by President Maithripala Sirisena, today (29 April 2019).


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PRESS RELEASE

Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public disturbance or disunity among the people is liable for prosecution under Emergency Regulations, currently in force.


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President joins religious programmes held in remembrance of victims of Easter Sunday attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena joined the special Sunday Mass held under the patronage of the Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Archbishop’s House, today (28) remembering the victims of the disastrous Easter Sunday attacks.


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General Amnesty Attracts Four Digit Number Deserters So Far

A total of 2882 Army deserters, including 2 Officers have so far reported to receive their discharge from the Army in the past four days (April 22 - 25) after HE the President in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence and the Commander of the Army offered a General Amnesty period (22 Apr - 10 May) to all Army absentees under four categories.


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Island-Wide Army Operations on in Full Swing

Island-wide Army troops, together with Policemen, Navy and Air Force troops in a bid to stem fanatical terrorist extremism and restore normalcy in the country after Tri-Services were vested with required provisions with enforcement of Emergency Regulations are currently engaged in a variety of security operations with special focus on most vulnerable areas and places in Colombo and elsewhere.


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Two Gunmen Killed in Retaliatory Attacks

Army troops, together with Police personnel in the general area of Nintavur, Sahindamaradu after shoot out on Friday (26) evening are now conducting clearing operations, having cordoned the entire area as this report was filed around midnight.


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Casualties among Terrorists & Safe House Occupants Rise to 15

Army troops with Policemen and other members of the Security Forces who cordoned the entire area of Nintavur - Kalmunai after terrorists fired at them from a safe house late Friday (26) evening began their clearing operations at twilight (27) reaching the location from where explosions were heard.


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National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) to be banned in Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena, in terms of powers vested in him as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, has taken steps to ban the organizations National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ)


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Public Requested to Identify Terrorist Suspects

Police Headquarters Seek Public Assistance to Identify Following Six Suspects involved in Easter Sunday (21) Terrorist Attacks in Colombo and elsewhere.


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MEDIA RELEASE (National Media Centre)

A number of incidents of public disturbances have been reported in several parts of the country due to the circulation of false information. The police and security forces have taken measures to take strict legal action against persons circulating such false information through websites, facebook, twitter, WhatsApp and other social media sources.


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Armed Forces Called Out Conferring Powers to Contain Terrorist Acts

HE the President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces through the Extraordinary Gazettes No 2120/4 and 2120/5, dated 22.04.2019 has called out the armed forces under Section 12 of the Public Security Ordinance for the purpose of maintaining public order conferring the powers of search, detention for purposes of such search, or arrest without warrant any person on members of the armed forces, identical to those possessed by Police officers.


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Army Troops Begin Mobile Patrols, Static Duties, Vehicle Checks & Searches

Hundreds of Army Officers and Other Ranks across the country after the gazette notification conferred the powers of search, detention or arrest without warrant any person on members of the armed forces, immediately took up position around the country on the instructions of respective Commanders of Security Forces, General Officers Commanding and Brigade Commanders.


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UN Secretary General and other world leaders telephone President to convey condolences and extend fullest support

Several world leaders and the United Nations UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (24th April) to convey their condolences and to condemn the brutal attacks on innocent civilians on Easter Sunday. Furthermore, they expressed their deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and they wished speedy and full recovery of those injured.