In a testimony at the presidential commission probing last year’s April 21st attacks, Fernando pointed out that certain political factors had negatively impacted certain security-related matters in the Eastern Province.
The mastermind of the bombings Zaharan Hashim and his National Thowheed Jamath group were mainly operational in the region.
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Meanwhile, the former defence secretary said he had questioned the then State Intelligence Service director Nilantha Jayawardena on foreign intelligence warnings of the attack, during an intelligence meeting on the 9th of April last year.