Colombo: Sri Lanka has said that no militant group was operating on its soil after the elimination of the LTTE in May last year, dismissing reported claims of a LeT terror suspect and key accused in the Pune German bakery blast that he was trained in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is free of terrorists and there is no ground for militants to receive training in the island nation, said the country's powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
His remarks came in the wake of reported claims of 29-year-old Mirza Himayat Baig, the alleged conspirator and co-planter of the bomb placed at Pune's German bakery, that he had received his terror training in Colombo.
The Defence Secretary rejected Baig's reported claims, saying there was no ground in Sri Lanka for such activities, according to a Defence Ministry statement.
He said no militant group was operating in Sri Lanka after the LTTE militancy ended in the country in May last year.
Sri Lanka has also sought a comprehensive report from Indian defence authorities over the reported claims of Baig through its Defence Attaché in its mission in New Delhi, the statement said.
First Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 15:10