Feb 8, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is setting up public vigilance committees and deploying thousands of policemen in plain clothes to strengthen security after a series of terrorist bombings, a government spokesman said. The aim is to improve surveillance and intelligence through better public co-operation with the authorities, minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told a news conference.
The decision comes in the wake of a string of bomb attacks that killed dozens of innocent civilians including school children.
The carnage forced authorities to close schools in the capital and postpone an educational exhibition held to coincide with the country’s independence celebrations in February.
The government says that the bomb attacks bear the hall marks of the Tamil Tigers and are carried out to obstruct ongoing military operations in the northern theatre of operations.
The LTTE is trying to disrupt normalcy and destabilize the south, Aluthgamage said.
“The armed forces alone cannot single-handedly ensure the security of the country especially at a time when they are marching towards victory in the north.
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