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Police ordered to probe media reports – PM

Police ordered to probe media reports – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that the Police had been directed to investigate media reports of a possible ISIS attack on the US Embassy in Colombo.

Responding to a question raised by UNP MP Mujibur Rahuman, who said that there were reports that an ISIS attack on the US embassy in Colombo was imminent, the Prime Minister added that the Police had been instructed to obtain information from the media institutions which reported an ISIS threat to the US embassy, in order to ascertain the accuracy of such reports.

"There is no room for spreading racism and religious disharmony. Those who do......so will end up in the dustbin of history," the Prime Minister said.

"We have created an environment for Sinhala and Muslim people to live in harmony. The aim of extremists is to stir up the people to create ethnic disharmony and bring about instability in the country. Some media organizations also aid and abet in promoting racism, enmity and promote religious intolerance.

We have instructed the Police to conduct continuous night and day foot-patrolling in their areas and to conduct awareness programmes against the propaganda of troublemakers. It is our policy to compensate any place of worship damaged by attacks. No one should come forward to protect those responsible for such attacks."(Ceylon Today)

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