Organised mobs behind May 13 vandalism - Ganeshan | Daily News

Organised mobs behind May 13 vandalism - Ganeshan

National Integration Minister Mano Ganeshan blamed “political terrorists” and the government’s opponents for attacks on the Muslim community after the Easter Sunday serial bomb blasts, The Indian Express reported on Friday.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. A Muslim man was killed and several shops and mosques were vandalised in attacks in the North Western province on May 13. “The commotion against the innocent Muslim community was the creation of political terrorists who are in the Opposition in Sri Lanka.”

Ganeshan pointed out that the riots did not start on April 21. “People were angry and emotional…but they were able to identify the difference between innocent people and terrorists,” he added. “Why did it take so much time? Because it is the work of political opponents of the government of Sri Lanka.”

The minister said security forces had failed to act on intelligence inputs and thwart the blasts. “Even though our security apparatus failed to make use of the warning, once the bombs went off, within hours our forces were able to approach and round up the hideout of terrorists in Colombo,” he added.



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