"Sonic" & "Abu Hindh" revealed in parliament

"Sonic" & "Abu Hindh" revealed in the Sri Lanka parliament

by Zulfick Farzan 21-09-2023 | 7:10 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka's Acting Defence Minister Premitha Bandara Tennakoon confirmed for the very first time the existence of code-named intelligence gathering linked to the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Following the attacks that rocked Sri Lanka in 2019, various opinions were expressed over the code names "Sonic Sonic" and "Abu Hindh."

On Thursday (21), the Acting Defence Minister said that sonic is an intelligence officer, and he is the person who sneaked into the terror cell of Zaharan Hashim and extracted information. 

"He portrayed himself as a terrorist. That is how you need to be with those terrorists. He cannot be present with them as a police officer," he told the house, reprimanding the opposition for failing to understand the nature of undercover operations.

"They need to understand this, and we need to have a parliament that is mature enough to understand it. How can we ask an intelligence officer in the future to engage in an undercover mission? This is the country that will extract the information and imprison the officer," he said.

The Acting Defence Minister also made a revelation on the name "Adu Hindh."

"Zaharan and his network used online platforms for their activities. This (Adu Hindh) is a pseudonym that was used by an international intelligence agency to get in contact with this group of extremists and extract information," he explained.