“This group [referring to the National Thawheed Jamath] was training and preparing for the attacks but our Army Commander says ‘we didn’t know’ and ‘we were not told’,” Gunaratne says implying it is the most preposterous comment that can be made by an Army Commander.
He says the Army Commander is an official who has access to the richest intelligence sources of the country.
“There are over 3500 officers and soldiers in intelligence units reporting to the Army Commander…Surely we didn’t fight the war for 30 years while waiting for information from a police officer?’”
He went on to trash the Army Commander, criticizing his lack of action to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks.
“We don’t need an army commander who waits for cues from someone else on impending attacks…If that was the case, we don’t need to appoint a General to that position,” he added.